"They are everywhere": Ocean, air, human microplastic

"They are everywhere": Ocean, air, human microplastic

From the depths of the ocean to the tops of mountains, humans are littering the earth with small pieces of plastic. We have absorbed these microplastics into our bodies-in an uncertain sense.

The image of plastic pollution is well known: a turtle choked in a shopping bag, a bottle of water washed off on the beach, or a huge “Great Pacific Garbage Patch” of floating debris.

Millions of tonnes of plastic, produced annually, primarily from fossil fuels, invade the environment and break down into smaller and smaller pieces.

Jean-Francois Gillione, a researcher at the French Institute for Microbial and Oceanography, said:

“And we still couldn’t imagine finding them in the human body.”