Life is Plastic?
Did you know? These sizes apply to the official classification of…
Nanoplastics: 1 nm – 1 µm
Microplastics:1 µm – 1 mm
Mesoplastics: 1 mm – 1 cm
Macroplastics: 1 cm – 100 cm
The logical conclusion? Microplastics inevitably end up in our environment. Starting with the oceans or our groundwater to our air and precipitation such as in the form of snow, as Russian researchers were also able to prove recently. Decomposition via the sun also plays its part in releasing microplastics into our natural environment.
As a consequence, microplastics inevitably enter our human food chain. Not only do fish and marine animals ingest the small particles, we unfortunately also ingest microplastics through the air and water we breathe. The health consequences for us? Officials, politicians and various lobbyists are still hotly debating the issue and pointing to the “lack of scientific studies and reliable data”. Logical common sense alone, however, clearly says: This can in no way be healthy and must have health consequences. Primary microplastics that contain substances such as the officially potentially harmful BPA, for example, must also inevitably entail health problems.
Eyes open while shopping!
To get a feeling of which products contain primary microplastics, we have created a small list. This will make it easier for you to look for a microplastic-free alternative. Because: There is definitely the possibility to avoid them. At this point we would also like to give you a helpful hint.
These designations provide information to recognize microplastics directly when shopping: Acrylates copolymer (AC), polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA), polyurethane (PUR), polyethylene (PE), polyquaternium (P), polyethylene terephthalate (PET), polypropylene (PP), nylon-12, nylon-6, acrylate crosspolymer (ACS), polyacrylate (PA), polystyrene (PS).
In addition, these apps also help track down microplastics in products during daily shopping: