Microplastic contamination has been found in tap water in countries around the world, leading to calls from scientists for urgent research on the implications for health.

    Scores of tap water samples from more than a dozen nations were analysed by scientists for an investigation by Orb Media, who shared the findings with the Guardian. Overall, 83% of the samples were contaminated with plastic fibres.

    New studies reveal that tiny plastic fibres are everywhere, not just in our oceans but on land too. Now we urgently need to find out how they enter our food, air and tap water and what the effects are on all of us

    The US had the highest contamination rate, at 94%, with plastic fibres found in tap water sampled at sites including Congress buildings, the US Environmental Protection Agency’s headquarters, and Trump Tower in New York. Lebanon and India had the next highest rates.


I started reading the Orb piece last night and stopped at this:

    Cars and trucks emit more than 20 grams of tire dust for every 100 kilometers they drive.

Goodyear has a 24,000 mile warranty. That's 38,600 kilometers. That's 7.7 kg of tire dust out of four tires - and tires weigh about 25-30kg each.

7 percent reduction in tire weight over the life of the tire? ....mmmmmmmaybe. But I mean...

water runs through plastic fucking pipe. Of course it's in the drinking water. Are we really surprised by this?

posted by ButterflyEffect: 497 days ago