The following is from Newsweek.

Plastic is everywhere, from the Arctic ice to the human placenta. In fact, previous estimates suggest that the average person ingests a credit card-worth of microscopic plastic particles every week.

But new research shows that this could actually be an understatement.

Microplastics refer to any plastics that are smaller than 5 millimeters (0.2 inches) long. They can be found in industrial waste and various beauty products and can also be formed during the degradation of larger pieces of plastic waste.

Over time, these microplastics can break down even further into so-called nanoplastics. These nanoplastics are so tiny that they can pass through our intestines and lungs directly into our bloodstreams and travel through our bodies into our vital organs, including our hearts and brains.

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