Your Balls Are (Probably) Full of Plastic

Could the invisible — and pervasive — threat of microplastics be behind the global decrease in sperm counts?

Ricky Lanusse


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The keyboard, the mouse, the screen.
The chair, the table, the lamp.
Plastic, plastic, plastic.
Everywhere I see, everything I touch: plastic.
Appliances, fabrics, packaging. Automobiles, construction, and medical equipment.

Your balls? Probably, too.

Because plastic is the building block of the modern world at a cost of 160 liters of water for one kilogram of it. And that plastic, barely recycled and carelessly tossed away, will break into smaller and smaller pieces and endure for millennia. Microplastics have now infiltrated our food chain, showing up in meat, table salt, and human breast milk. Not even unborn babies are spared from this poison, with plastic particles detected in the placentas of pregnant women.

No matter where you live, the planet is suffocating under the weight of plastic, choking every part of our world from the depths of the Mariana Trench to the summit of Mount Everest and every spot in between. We all share the blame for the plastic crisis, but the fossil fuel industry…