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Plastic pollution is widely understood by scientists and researchers as global problem in need of urgent attention. Some have even suggested that, in terms of the magnitude of the problem, plastic pollution now “rivals climate change.”

A new study has found that sea salt is no exception to the increasing levels of plastic contamination, found in all sorts of things. This follows a paper published in the prestigious scientific journal, Nature, where scientists found sea products to be “irredeemably contaminated by microplastics”, following a test of 21 types of table salt.

Recently, too, a Guardian study found plastic fibres in tap water from samples taken around the world. Additionally, other scientific studies have found evidence of plastic contamination in other things human beings consume on a daily basis, including seafood and beer, with the long-term affects not known.

This issue is one that clearly also concerns consumers. To help fight plastic pollution of this variety, it is best to avoid products with microplastics as well as microfiber materials. Plastics are incredibly useful in many contexts, but we have to use these materials wisely and so making conscientious choices is best advised. Increasing studies which conclusively show widespread contamination and plastic pollution should urge consumers to shop smart, avoid brands that continue to use microplastics, and support the search for ethical brands and sustainable alternatives.

As a start, head over to The Good Shopping Guide’s Health and Beauty section. Here you will find a number of ethically rated brands for SkincareMake-UpShampooToothpaste (and more), many of which do not use microplastics in their products.

For more information on the above, see this article. Or if you enjoy listening to podcasts, in a recent edited of the Weekly Science Podcast scientists discussed issues around plastics and its future.

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