There’s plastic in human 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.
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.