Humans unknowingly consume a lot of microplastics



A recent publication by University of Victoria, Biology Phd student, Keiran Cox and co-authors (including BMSC Alumni!) suggests that humans are unknowingly consuming tens of thousands of plastic particles per year — a problem that requires further research to understand potential health impacts.

Human Consumption of Microplastics 2019, Kieran D. Cox*, Garth A. Covernton, Hailey L. Davies, John F. Dower, Francis Juanes, Sarah E. Dudas. Environ. Sci. Technol.  DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.9b01517.

UVic media release

“… individuals who meet their recommended water intake through only bottled sources may be ingesting an additional 90000 microplastics annually, compared to 4000 microplastics for those who consume only tap water.”