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Glenn Hasek

It was in my April 26 column that I discussed a Nature Geoscience article about the volume of microplastics falling in the air—yet another reason for all of us to eliminate as much plastic as possible from our lives. If that article was not scary enough for you, review the results of a June 5, 2019 article appearing in Environmental Science & Technology.

According to the “Human Consumption of Microplastics” article, we are all ingesting thousands of microplastic particles each year. The research focused on commonly consumed foods in relation to their recommended daily intake. The potential for microplastic inhalation and how the source of drinking water may affect microplastic consumption were also explored.

Focusing on the American diet, researchers evaluated the number of microplastic particles in commonly consumed foods in relation to their recommended daily intake. Evaluating approximately 15 percent of Americans’ caloric intake, they estimate that annual microplastics consumption ranges from 39,000 to 52,000 particles depending on age and sex. These estimates increase to 74,000 and 121,000 when inhalation is considered.

If you are still offering your guests and staff water in plastic bottles, pay attention to this part: Individuals who meet their recommended water intake through only bottled sources may be ingesting an additional 90,000 microplastics annually, compared to 4,000 microplastics for those who consume only tap water.

“These estimates are subject to large amounts of variation; however, given methodological and data limitations, these values are likely underestimates,” the researchers said.

I recently wrote about sustainably packaged alternatives to plastic bottled water. Please be sure to consider those options for your guests and employees. Offering filtered water in reusable glass bottles is another option. So too is giving your guests and staff their own reusable water containers.

Plastic bottles are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to plastics consumption. Take a very close look at your food and other supply chains and eliminate plastics where you can!

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