There’s plas­tic in hu­man poo

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PLAS­TIC POO

Mi­croplas­tics have been dis­cov­ered in hu­man poo for the first time. A small study that took stool sam­ples from eight peo­ple from dif­fer­ent coun­tries found an aver­age of 20 mi­croplas­tic par­ti­cles per 10g of stool. This con­firms that plas­tics leached into the food chain even­tu­ally make it into hu­man guts.

OCEAN TRASH

The Bri­tish Antarc­tic Sur­vey has found that plas­tic wash­ing up onto the shores of re­mote South At­lantic is­lands has in­creased ten­fold over the last decade. More than 90 per cent of the de­bris the team found was plas­tic waste. Plas­tic causes many prob­lems for wildlife in­clud­ing en­tan­gle­ment and starv­ing through in­ges­tion, they say. The ar­rival of non-indige­nous species on float­ing plas­tic 'rafts' is also a prob­lem.

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