Because of our dependence on fast fashion, synthetic materials, and washing machines, microplastic contamination of all habitats is likely to increase.
Microfibers have been found in fish, plankton, chicken, sea salt, beer, honey, and tap as well as bottled water. We also breathe in these plastic particles due to fiber loss from our clothes, carpets, curtains, and other textiles.
This begs the question: are our lungs able to eliminate the plastic particles we inhale, as they do for fine dust? Or do plastic particles accumulate in lung tissue and cause damage? Or, is it even possible that the plastics we inhale spread to the rest of our body?
For the first time, there is scientific proof that microfibres are affecting our lungs.