83 percent of drinking water samples worldwide tested positive for microscopic plastic fibers.
Tiny plastic fibers or “microfibers” have been found in the far corners of the world – in the oceans, in remote lakes and rivers, in fish, salt, and honey, and in the air we breathe. But until now one research area – our drinking water – remained unexamined.
According to new research published today by Orb Media, tap water and plastic bottled water in cities on five continents is contaminated with microscopic plastic fibers.Scientists say they don’t know how these fibers reach household taps, or what their health risks might be, but experts suspect plastic fibers may transfer toxic chemicals when consumed by animals and humans.
Several recent reports indicate the dire global situation associated with the world's plastic use. Two statistics jump out immediately. One, that globally humans buy a million plastic bottles per minute. The second, 91% of all plastic is not recycled. On top of that, it is estimated that over half a trillion plastic bottles will be sold in 2020.
This presents an overwhelming challenge in responding to an exponential increase in recyclable yet un-recycled products.
Producing, selling and using plastic bags becomes illegal as officials say they want to target manufacturers and sellers first
From the moment we wake up in the morning and brush our teeth, to when we watch TV at the end of the day, plastic is all around us. So much so that it can be hard to imagine leaving the supermarket without at least one item that isn’t in a plastic container.
It hasn't always been like this. In fact, there are people alive today that were born in an almost plastic-free world. Imagine going to the beach and not finding a single piece of washed up plastic trash.
What, in the course of history, caused such a change?
More than half a million straws are thrown away daily in the U.S [only]. These get blown and washed into oceans and rivers, where animals mistake them for food.
Launched last May 2016, the Drop it campaign counts 12 corporate members, and is estimated to have directly affected 861 UAE residents. By switching to filtered tap water, Drop it members saved 225,347 small plastic bottles and 4,446 5-gallon plastic bottles from landfills, and ultimately, from oceans. This World Oceans Day, we take a look back on our own achievements