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Plastic pollution has made its way from the ocean to your kitchen table. A recent study found salt grains now contain microplastics, but what does that mean for our bodies?

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The presence of microplastics in commercial salts from different countries
https://www.nature.com/articles/srep46173
“The occurrence of microplastics (MPs) in saltwater bodies is relatively well studied, but nothing is known about their presence in most of the commercial salts that are widely consumed by humans across the globe.”

Plastics Don't Disappear, But They Do End Up In Seabirds' Bellies
https://www.npr.org/2014/06/17/322959714/plastics-dont-disappear-but-they-do-end-up-in-sea-birds-bellies
“The vast majority of debris in the ocean — about 75 percent of it — is made of plastic. It can consist of anything from plastic bottles to packaging materials, but whatever form it takes, it doesn't go away easily.”

Tips to Use Less Plastic
http://www.greeneducationfoundation.org/nationalgreenweeksub/waste-reduction-tips/tips-to-use-less-plastic.html
“Did you know that of the 30 million tons of plastic waste generated in the US in 2009, only 7 percent was recovered for recycling? Here are 17 ways to reduce your plastic waste.”

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Written by: Victoria Barrios

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