Austrian scientists have found micro plastics in human poop.
Yes you saw that correctly, human poop.
This points again to the inherent dangers of micro plastics on our environment and on us in general. We have to find a way to end this menace.
‘But Tamara, what are the solutions?’ , you may ask.
The truth is, the main solution is to find biodegradable alternatives to plastics. Plastics take an average of 400 years to degrade, that’s 4 generations of people on average. Where will it all go? Is recycling (even if we’ve barely scratched the surface in developing countries) sustainable in the long run? Yes I will agree that for the short-term, it poses an effective solution but how many can we recycle? And for how long?
I believe that sustainable companies coming together to invent better variations of the material is best in the long run.
Going back to microplastics found in human fecal matter, what can we collectively do to reduce the plastic menace? How can we prevent microplastics from seeping into water bodies or getting airborne and landing on our plates of food?
Questions, questions, questions.