The world’s oceans are under unprecedented threat from a deadly predator.
Strong and indestructible, with the ability to harm anything in its path, this beast has become one of the greatest risks to our oceans today.
The culprit? Plastic.
The more we look, the more we find potentially toxic microplastics — the tiny bits of debris that our plastic products crumble into — everywhere in the environment, the surrounding wildlife, and even our food.
So perhaps it shouldn’t come as a surprise that new research released this week suggests that microplastics can end up in our poop. But it’s still unclear just how seriously we should take this discovery.
Testing of 259 plastic water bottles from nine counties revealed microplastic particles in water from 242 of the bottles, according to a new report. The test has prompted the World Health Organisation to review the issue, though there is no firm evidence that the presence of microplastics would make bottled water unsafe to drink.