Vizcaya Ruiz quoted on microplastics in humans

AirUCI faculty Andrea de Vizcaya Ruiz is quoted in an article in Self describing how microplastics—long a problem in the environment—have been detected in humans with potential adverse effects on our health.  “This is the first study to identify plastics that we know are in containers, plastic bottles, clothing, and other products that we use, inside of people,” Andrea says.  "A biodegradable item such as a banana naturally breaks down until it finally dissolves.  But many plastics never decompose completely.  They get smaller and smaller over time, but the pieces remain in our environments as pollution for hundreds of years, resulting in secondary microplastics."  Read the article

Friday, May 20, 2022