Plastic isn’t just hurting fish, it’s hurting you.

Most of us have heard the prediction that there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish by 2050 if we continue on our current trajectory. I hope this prediction does not become our reality! The good and the bad of this prediction is that it has started to change the way we make decisions #nostraw to save the fish, but is that enough to save ourselves too?

There’s a hidden danger lurking in our convenient to-go lifestyle. It goes beyond the microplastics that both humans and animals are eating, drinking, and breathing everyday. Manufacturers use chemicals and additives in to-go containers and tupperware -- and researchers are now finding that these toxins may be leaching into our food. “It’s like we are all unwilling lab rats in a science experiment we never signed-up for. We don’t yet know the long-term health impacts resulting from a lifetime of use of these materials, but based on the emerging science it doesn’t look good,” said Julia Burrell, a local social media influencer in Boston known as “The Crazy No Plastic Lady” on Instagram.

We know that much of the single use plastic we use ends up in the oceans and poisoning our aquatic life, but many people do not make the connection that these plastics are slowly poisoning us too. As many of us know “What happens to the ocean, happens to us”. The World Health Organization launched a health review after discovering that over 90% of popular bottled water brands contained very high levels of microplastics. The levels were

discovered to be higher than most tap water levels. The origin of these microplastics are hypothesized to be from the plastic in the caps and the airborne plastic in the factories that bottle the water.

What about your take out containers and tupperware - how are those bad? Well, many studies have shown that when heated or scratched these plastic containers leach chemicals into our food. Other studies have shown that you do not even have to heat these containers to be susceptible to plastic leaching. This issue extends further than the infamous plastic