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New World Health Organization report on plastic particles in drinking water

The ”Microplastics in drinking water” report issued by World Health Organization (WHO), shows that microplastics found in tap and bottled water don’t pose a threat to human body, according to the research available until now.

The report also suggests that further research is needed in order to accurately determine how the plastic waste in the environment affects the human body which is absorbing the plastic particles.

Some of the reasons leading to the WHO report are the fears of the people that these particles are contaminated with chemicals, pathogens and offal. But the conclusion of the report states that fears are not legitimate, given that microplastics bigger than 150 micrometers are eliminated by the digestive system and the smaller ones remain in the stomach walls, but the quantities accumulated are not harmful to the human body.

However, a sustainable solution mentioned in the report is to eliminate plastic from our daily life, find alternatives to plastic use, while promoting recycling measures.

Source: The Guardian

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