Protect Your Children’s Health and Happiness — Join the Fight Against Microplastics in Our Bloodstreams

For years we have been had information hidden from us regarding the extent to which the pollution in our oceans is harming not only sea life, but mankind.

Microplastics have been found inside 37% of fish in the English Channel. Something to think about the next time the family has fish and chips. (Source: Sky Ocean Rescue)

According to further exclusive research by Thomas Moore — Science Correspondent, seafood eaters are absorbing tiny fragments of plastic into their bloodstreams — posing unknown effects on their health.

These plastic fragments — measuring less than a millimetre across — are widely found in mussels, oysters and other shellfish.

In the first comprehensive risk assessment of its kind, scientists calculate that more than 99% of the microplastics pass through the human body — but the rest are taken up by body tissues.

Image:Microplastics are widely found in mussels, oysters and other shellfish

Researchers from the University of Ghent in Belgium believe Europeans currently consume up to 11,000 pieces of plastic in their food each year.

According to the unpublished studies, fewer than 60 of these are likely to be absorbed — but they will accumulate in the body over time.

The amount of plastic absorbed from our food is predicted to increase as plastic pollution in the ocean gets worse.

Dr Colin Janssen, who led the research, told Sky News the presence of plastic particles in the body was “a concern”.

He said: “Now we’ve established that they do enter our body and can stay there for quite a while, we do need to know the fate of the plastics.

“Where do they go? Are they encapsulated by tissue and forgotten about by the body, or are they causing inflammation or doing other things?

“Are chemicals leaching out of these plastics and then causing toxicity? We don’t know and actually we do need to know.”

One study estimated there were almost 15 trillion pieces of microplastic in the ocean, but that figure could be as high as 51 trillion. For marine animals, these particles are indistinguishable from their normal food. Even tiny plankton have been shown to feast on plastic.

The plastic then moves through the food-chain as small creatures are eaten by larger ones. Scientists can’t say how dangerous plastic is to human health, but it’s clear the effect on wildlife is devastating. Fish, whales, dolphins… hundreds of species have eaten plastic.

Some seabirds and turtles have been found to have so much plastic in their stomach they can no longer eat the food they need to survive.

This affects their ability to migrate, mate and raise their young. Inevitably, they eventually die.

Picture Source: Sky Ocean Rescue — Whale dies with 30 plastic bags in its stomach

According to the SKY Ocean Rescue Campaign (which inspired us to develop this Blockchain application):

Every minute, the equivalent of a rubbish truck load of plastic goes in to our oceans, it never decomposes and will remain there forever. If nothing changes, by 2050 all the plastic in the ocean could weigh more than all the fish. Plastic impacts on an entire ecosystem, marine life get caught up in it, eat it and live in it. It also has a direct impact on our health, acting as a sponge for toxins which can end up in our food.

OK, so enough of the scare-stories you say? What can we do about it?

Well, here at the Blockchain Development Company, we have decided that this situation is not acceptable on any level whatsoever. In response to this issue — we’ve developed RecycleToCoin.

This Ethereum based application will provide a cryptographic token reward for the return of single-use renewable plastic and metal drinks containers.

Basing the physical model on the Dutch, Norwegian and German returns system; we will change the reward which the consumer gets from a small amount of fiat currency to a small portion of a BCDC Cryptographic Token. The consumer can then use this within other BCDC Platforms or swap it for other popular digital coins like Bitcoin or Ether using participating token exchanges.

This will enable consumers to save their local and global environment while learning about, interacting with and exchanging digital currencies — skills they will need in the near future as more and more digital currency adoption is embraced and accepted by retailers worldwide.

It’s a small start for us, but if this system is accepted by the public and encouraged by drinks manufacturers then it could be scaled globally thanks to our reverse vending machine partners Reverse Vending Corporation

It will work like this and be ready to go in just two months:

With this and other Blockchain solutions to environmental projects we look forward to being a global leader for positive environmental impact.

Written & edited by the BCDC team…