The Whole World in One Caribbean Island

A blog about the Trash to Cash project in Bonaire by Daniël Poolen The plastic pollution problem our world faces is gigantic. There are multiple sources of plastic and multiple problems, while we haven’t got all the solutions (yet). At the Plastic So... Read More

UNEP statement about the health issue

In its report on Emerging Issues of Environmental Concern the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) writes about microplastic pollution and possible impact on human health: “Except for shellfish, humans tend to remove and discard the stomach of the s... Read More

Fish from fish markets contains plastic

A quarter of the fish bought at local fish markets has plastic in their digestive tracts. Scientists concluded this from researching fish from fish markets in Indonesia and California, USA. The results were published in the journal Nature Scientific Report... Read More

“Hospitals must become BPA-free”

The use of the chemical substance Bisphenol-A (BPA) is increasingly coming under pressure. BPA is added to many plastics and can disrupt the hormonal balance in humans. Pregnant women in particular are at risk. In addition to BPA, plasticisers (DEHP) are a... Read More

Seabirds absorb chemicals from ocean plastic

Scientists from three Japanese institutes have linked plastic-derived chemicals found in seabirds to the plastic in their stomachs. They published their results in Environmental Science and Technology. Plastic products contain chemical additives such as th... Read More

PVC damages intestines of European sea bass

The ingestion of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) can damage the intestines of European sea bass. This is the outcome of research by Italian scientists from the Institute for Environmental Protection and Research and the Institute for Coastal Marine Environment an... Read More

Table salt contaminated with microplastics

Along with fish and shellfish, table salt also appears to be contaminated with microplastics. This is the conclusion of Chinese scientists at the State Key Laboratory of Estuarine and Coastal Research and the Research Center for Analysis and Measurement fo... Read More

“We may breathe harmful microplastics”

Microplastics in the air are potentially dangerous for human health. Professor Kelly of King’s College London: “If we breathe them in they could potentially deliver chemicals to the lower parts of our lungs and maybe even across into our circulation, in th... Read More
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