Yes, you read correctly. Scientists around Ali Karami have tested 17 table salt samples. In 16 of them they found micro plastics. Micro plastics in table salt – a long suspected logical consequence has now come true. The tested samples were products from the following 8 countries: Australia, France, Iran, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Portugal and South Africa. The only clean salt’s origin is France. All other contained 1 to 10 particles between 0.16 and 1mm per kilo gram. Although the particles were small and detectable health implications could not been expected, this is reason enough to start re-thinking. The full study you’ll find here.
It’s not about a bit of plastic in your beach pictures – we are eating toxins
Black humorists would say that plastic contaminated salt is the best to season plastic contaminated fish. But seriously: We have a massive issue and everyone’s contribution is needed, because we are eating toxins. It is not just about the unwelcome presence of plastics in your Instagram pictures, it’s about the contamination of our food chain. Maybe also have a look at the article here, it’s about plastic fibers found in plankton. Nota bene the bottom of our food chain!
Everyone can do something – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Firstly make sure that your plastic never enters the environment, therefore Recycle where possible. Only use plastic where no other solution is available, consequently refuse single-use plastic. Hence bring your own shopping bags to the store. Reuse them as often as possible. Do you really need plastic cutlery when you get take-away food to eat at the office or at home? Did you know that one plastic bag consumes oil double of its own weight to manufacture it. As a conclusion, reducing, reusing and recycling saves a lot of resources!
Picture Credits: Mark Schellhase