For the first time, plastics are routinely being found in human stool (feces), according to a study that evaluated patients from three different countries (Europe, Japan, and Russia).
The study was performed because of the concern for increased plastic manufacturing, and the increased plastic waste that is being found in our oceans and other waterways. Currently, one million plastic bottles and two million plastic bags are used every minute around the world!
On average each patient in the study had 20 particles of plastic per 10 grams of stool. The particles found are tiny pieces of plastic, which the researchers call “micro plastic”.
The research, performed at the Medical University of Vienna, stated that this is the first study of its kind, and shows that plastic litter from the ocean and waterways are now entering into the food chain, ultimately reaching humans.