Tsunami of plastic waste ahead of us if nothing changes

Over 300 million tons of plastic is produced every year, and that amount is expected to triple by 2050. Plastic can be convenient for things that need to last, but all too often, the plastic we use has a short lifecycle and it ends up in the wrong place. Furthermore, when disposed, littered, and even in use, plastic degrades into microplastics. Those tiny particles last forever, accumulate in the nature and cause a serious health threat to animals and humans. Currently, on average, we ingest 5 grams of microplastics a week, the equivalent of a credit card. Microplastics run through our veins and our lungs.They have even been discovered in the placentas of unborn babies.

Invisible danger all around us

Air pollution has been called a silent killer because its widespread effects are often not attributed to toxic air. Similarly, we don’t yet know all harmful effects of microplastics, but there are alarming studies already. For example, microplastics cause damage to human cells and according to scientist we should be concerned. Microplastics could be compared to asbestos or lead, materials that once were considered useful, until their dangerous side effects were discovered. We can’t afford to wait around to confirm all unintended consequences of conventional plastic. Scientists have already warned us.

Microplastics are everywhere

Microplastics have already contaminated our entire planet. Eventually they become so fine that wind can carry them. Consequently, microplastics have been found in freshly fallen Antarctic snow, sea ice and surface water. They have found their way in the high-altitudes of Mount Everest and Himalayas. They have even been discovered at deepest point of ocean. Like air pollution that also includes plastic particles, microplastics are almost impossible to clean once they are released in the environment. They just keep accumulating, causing a bigger and bigger threat to our ecosystem and health every day.

That’s why conventional plastics must be replaced with sustainable alternatives that biodegrade without leaving permanent microplastics behind as much as possible as quickly as possible. In fact, in August 2022, the World Health Organization stated that we need to reduce the use of plastics and move towards a more “sustainable plastics economy”.

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At Sulapac, our dream is to leave a clean planet to our children. Our design practice is to mimic nature, to stay in harmony with it. Sulapac materials are made of plant-based binders, responsibly sourced wood from industrial side streams or naturally occurring clay minerals. All Sulapac materials biodegrade into CO2, water and biomass without leaving toxics nor permanent microplastics behind in a similar time frame as natural wood. Naturally occurring microorganisms can digest them.

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Further reading on microplastics

Dietary and inhalation exposure to microplastics and its impact on health
The World Health Organization’s report summarized the scientific knowledge on human exposure to micro- and nanoplastics and its potential associated health risks.

Microplastics cause damage to human cells
Toxicological impacts of microplastic exposure in human cells have been identified.

Microplastics in the placentas of unborn babies
Scientists discovered evidence of microplastics in human placenta.

Microplastics in human breast milk
Scientists found microplastics in human breast milk. They are concerned over potential health impacts of chemical contaminants on babies.

Microplastics in human blood
Scientists discovered plastic particle pollution in human blood.

Microplastics in human lung
Scientists found microplastics in human lung tissue.

You eat the equivalent of a credit card of microplastics a week
Currently, people ingest approximately 5 grams of microplastics every week.

Bottle-fed babies swallow millions of microplastics a day
Exposure also affects plastic food containers, a study shows.

People eat 50.000 plastic particles a year
Scientists evaluated the number of microplastic particles commonly consumed.

Ecologically dangerous threshold of microplastic in the ocean
Growth in plastic pollution causes significant ecological risks as ocean plastic pollution quadruples by 2050.

Microplastics in the deepest part of the world’s ocean
Study shows that microplastics contaminate the deepest part of the world’s ocean

Microplastics on Mount Everest
Study found microplastic in snow and stream water samples on Mt. Everest.

Microplastics in the high-altitude Himalayas
Study found significant microplastic pollution of freshwater lake in the Himalaya.

Microplastics health effects
Microplastics have spread all over the planet. This has severe consequences for both the environment and human health.

Plastic recycling can’t solve microplastics problem
Recycling plastic isn’t enough for solving the microplastics crisis. Read our blog to learn the four Rs that can lead us towards a more sustainable future.

Defining plastic
Update the way you conceive of plastic in order to make better consumer choices.

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