Today we hardly have research results about the health effects op the plastic soup. “Enough is enough”. This is the opinion of about 1,000 doctors and scientists that have united in the Surfing Medicine International association. “Since the end of the last century, indications that point to serious health risks associated with plastic are accumulating. They point to a strong increased chance of cancer, hormone disruptions, birth defects, obesity and failed immune systems,” says the Austrian board member and eye specialist Ognjen Markovic. “This is why we are raising the alarm. Further research is urgently needed. We cannot continue this any longer.”

To push for more research, Surfing Medicine International, together with the Plastic Soup Foundation, Wemos and Nudge sent an S.O.S to the world on August 28th, 2016.

Read the whole story here in the Health Files hand-out.

In the ocean plastic does not naturally biodegrade but breaks down into ever smaller pieces. Plastics in the ocean cause (potential) harm to the health of people and animals in a number of different ways.

The smallest plastics (nanoplastics) can pass through cell walls and thus migrate in theory from the digestive system to the body tissue of humans and animals.