Plastics and human health

77% want research on health impact of plastic, after particles are found in blood for first time

Katie Hill - Editor-in-Chief, My Green Pod

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Published: 10 April 2022

This Article was Written by: Katie Hill - My Green Pod

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Polling of the British public has revealed that 77% believe that further research should be urgently undertaken to establish the harm caused to human health by plastic. 

This survey, from Common Seas, follows the recent revelation from a scientific paper commissioned by the social enterprise and published in March, showing microplastics have entered the blood of almost eight in 10 humans studied. 

Microplastics in blood

Scientists who conducted this research at Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam are concerned that the presence of plastic has the potential to introduce and host pathogens and harmful chemicals into the body. 

In light of this publication, almost 60% of the population are concerned about what the presence of these microplastics in human blood will mean for their health.

Blood Type Plastic

Revelations from this survey highlighting public concern about the impact of plastic on human health further supports Common Seas’ Blood Type Plastic Campaign calling on the UK Government to introduce a new £15 million National Plastic Health Impact Research Fund.
 

‘Last week we found out the majority of us had plastic in our blood and our polling shows the public want more research conducted. This vital area of research is critically underfunded.  

‘We have a right to know what all this plastic is doing to our bodies and the public are demanding to know more. With plastic production on track to double within the next 20 years the risk to the global population is only going to increase.

‘The need for further research is urgent. If the government were to assign £15m, just 0.1% of the UK’s annual R&D funding, for dedicated research into the matter we’d have a much greater understanding of what this means for human health.’

JO ROYLE
Common Seas CEO

Click here to sign the petition for the National Plastic Health Impact Research Fund which has 55,000 signatures.

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