Plastic trash is found even at remote locations on our planet. And now, a new study finds that little bits of plastic — perhaps remnants of our trash — can be found in beer, too!
Note: The study was conducted in Germany, a country where beer is a huge part of the culture and culinary history. The Germans have brewed ale style beer for over 3,000 years.
From the Grist article, Beer: a magical mixture of hops, barley, and tiny pieces of plastic: Excerpt:
…This is how the study worked: Researchers lab-tested samples of 24 varieties of German beers, including 10 of the nation’s most popular brands. Through their superpowers of microscopic analysis, the team discovered plastic microfibers in 100 percent of the tested beer samples.
Reads the study:
“The small numbers of microplastic items in beer in themselves may not be alarming, but their occurrence in a beverage as common as beer indicates that the human environment is contaminated by micro-sized synthetic polymers to a far-reaching extent.”
It’s not breaking news that plastics don’t just vanish into the ether when we’re finished with them. Unless you haven’t heard, in which case … BREAKING NEWS: The plastics we use today will stick around longer than your great-great-great-great (and then some) grandchildren.
Sadly, it is not surprising at all to learn about the findings of this study. We already know about the plastic and trash vortex (now the size of Texas) in the North Pacific and of the trash contaminating the deepest of our planet’s oceans.
We are careless about plastic trash. So why wouldn’t plastics eventually end up in our beverages?
All you have to do is look outside your car window the next time you are stuck in traffic. See that plastic bottle on the side of the road? And look above…see that plastic bag up on that tree branch…plastic trash dot our landscape, no matter where we live.
And if you live near the water, that trash you saw by the roadside can end up in our waterways, and eventually turn into tiny particles that end up right back into your water source. Yummy!
Please be mindful of plastic trash….recycle, use alternatives, bring your reusable bags to the store, and most of all, let’s all do our best to control our plastic trash and not let it get into our oceans.
Let’s fix what we can for the health of our planet…and for our grandchildren.
Also see LolaKo.com post:
About plastic trash problems in the Philippines (river of trash photo after typhoon by Francis R. Malasig via 5gyres.org)
…Before the advent of plastic strapping materials and plastic trim, these brooms were made entirely from natural materials — and the entire broom would have been biodegradable.
Lolako.com post Plastic Rich / Plastic Poor on Susan Freinkel’s book, Plastic, A Toxic Love Story. Foreign editions in Australia, China, Korea, Spain and Taiwan – Link to Ms. Freinkel’s website, here.
Lola Jane’s post excerpt: I am part of this plastics generation — and problem — and feel propelled into doing something, before it is too late.
The question is…what can I do…how do I get the word out?