It’s time to fight single-use plastic pollution | Letters to the Editor

The July 2 City of Mankato Water Report states that bottled water may contain small contaminants. According to several recent studies of plastic bottled water, it contains more microplastics (the very small pieces of broken down plastic particles) than any other product tested, including tap water.

Bottled water contains approximately 94.37 microplastic particles per litre. A Frontiers of Chemistry study by Sherri A. Mason found that 93% of bottled water contained microplastics. Should we be worried?

In animal studies, a correlation exists between plastic exposure and health problems. In humans, chemicals added to plastics are linked to obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer and reproductive disorders (breast and prostate cancer, infertility, miscarriages, gender identity ). The estimated annual microplastic particles consumed and inhaled per person are 74,000 to 121,000.

Researchers have found microplastics in our blood, stool, lungs and intestines and are concerned about the effect they will have on our brains, according to a detailed study.

Fetuses now contain microplastics carried by the mother’s blood. Dr. Antonio Ragusa from the Department of Gynecology/Obstetrics at San Giovanni Hospital in Italy is the lead author of the study on plastic effects on fetal development.

Ragusa’s advice: “If you had to do one thing to protect your health from plastic damage, don’t drink bottled water.”

Canada, California and many cities and countries have passed legislation banning single-use plastic. The ban in Canada will eliminate more than 1.3 million tonnes of plastic waste over the next decade, which is equivalent to 1 million garbage bags.

Isn’t it time for us to tackle single-use plastic pollution? To take action, go to: www.mankatozereowaste.com.

Kelly Karstad

Saint Pierre

Bryce K. Locke