Micro plastics are everywhere, including in some of our favorite foods. These tiny pieces of plastic are smaller than 5 millimeters in size and byproducts of the wear and tear of plastics in our environment. From trash in the oceans to household products we use every day.
- Seafood – The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration claims that “plastic is the most prevalent type of marine debris in the ocean and American great lakes. Shellfish, mollusks, and fish are currently some of the highest sources.
- Sardines – A recent study shows the highest amount of micro plastics were in Sardines. The results showed 30mg of plastic could be in each 100 gram serving.
- Packed Food – Many different types of plastic are used throughout the processing and packaging of our food supply. A primary form is one that is intended to be that small like plastic powders used in molding. Secondary micro plastics are those that break off from degrading plastic.
Swap out your plastic food bags and containers for ones made of materials like glass, bamboo, and stainless steel and buy fewer foods in plastic based packaging.