Small size, Big impact: The alarming truth about nanoscale plastics

By Editorial Staff                        March 01 , 2023

Scientist Warns

The impact of nanoscale plastic on human health and the environment is a growing concern for researchers and policymakers alike 

Do You Know?

An estimated 6 billion tons of plastics have ended up in the environment over the past 70 years.

Micro- and Nano-plastics in Food Chain 

MNPs are now widely distributed throughout the environment and food chain, including the tissues of humans and other mammals. 

What Research Shows?

Studies have confirmed that MNPs entering the food chain can cross the intestinal barrier into the bloodstream 

Risks to Pregnant Women

Placental tissues in humans, both maternal and fetal, have also been shown to contain MNPs. 

Trials on Animals

In a recent study by Rutgers scientists, pregnant rats were fed specially marked nanoscale plastics 

Shocking Results Scientist Found

The results of the study showed that MNPs had not only crossed the intestinal and placental barriers within 24 hours 

Know before you go

The average human ingests and inhales around 5 grams of MNPs per week, equivalent to the mass of a credit card. 

Claim Awaited

It hasn’t yet been shown whether this amount, ingested unavoidably by a pregnant woman, will have similar effects on an unborn child 

Nano Size of MNPs  is a Concern

Investigation involved only polystyrene MNPs of a single specific size, it proves that  it can cross the placental barrier and affect the tissues of the offspring.  

The findings of these studies highlight the urgent need for further research into the potential health impacts of nanoscale plastic 

Sources : Rutgers University