Microplastics in Human Blood Alarms the Scientific Community


by Naba Batool

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According to the latest research, microplastics from beverages bottles, plastic bags, and packaged food has been found in human blood.

This research was conducted on 22 participants whose blood samples were under consideration. Out of those 22 participants, microplastics were found in 80% of test subjects.

Almost 50% of the sample had PET plastic in their blood. PET plastic is the main component of soft drinks, juices, and water bottles.


Polystyrene which is commonly used in the making of disposal utensils was present in 36% of the blood samples. Furthermore, polyethylene which is used in the production of grocery bags was found in 23% of the blood samples.

Dick Vethaak who is an ecotoxicologist at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in the Netherlands said that “Our study is the first indication that we have polymer particles in our blood — it’s a breakthrough result. It is certainly reasonable to be concerned.

Good ventilation of the house is important because microplastic concentrations appear to be higher indoors than outdoors. I also cover my food and drinks to reduce the deposition of plastic particles”, he further added.

It was also reported that microplastics have also been found in the feces of those who suffer from Inflammatory Bowel Disease.

This research has caused a stir in the scientific community as the effects of microplastics on the human body is a topic that still needs more data collection and in-depth analysis.

This ground-breaking research was published in Environmental International which is a renowned research journal.