Building on the microplastics discussion, it’s estimated by the WWF that humans ingest approximately five grams of microplastics every week, equivalent to consuming a whole credit card. This heightened exposure poses a greater risk of various health concerns, including myocardial infarction, stroke, increased risk of death from any cause, as well as birth defects, digestion issues etc. Despite ongoing research, the full extent of these risks remains unclear due to the novelty of much of the data.

To mitigate exposure to these plastics, I try to do the following :

  • Focus on adopting a plastic-free diet rich in cruciferous vegetables, leafy greens, and citrus fruits to aid in detoxification.
  • Replace plastic Tupperware, bakeware, plates, sponges, and cooking utensils with alternative materials.
  • Opt for reusable bags or backpacks, glass or paper packaging for storing and consuming food and beverages.
  • Minimize consumption of canned foods.
  • Scrutinize your cosmetics, as a 2022 study showed that 50% of sampled toothpastes contained microplastics.