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Updated by emmaapeterman on Nov 12, 2019
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5 Ways to Reduce Your Consumption of Microplastics

Believe it or not, microplastics are commonly consumed by humans! Microplastics enter the body through food, water, and inhalation. Below are some simple tips from Consumer Reports on how to minimize exposure to microplastics!

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Drink Tap Water

Drink Tap Water

Absolutely! If you took my previous poll, you know that there are far more microplastics in bottled water than in tap water. Unless your tap water is unsafe, it is by far the best drinking option to avoid microplastics.

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Avoid Heating Food in Plastic

Avoid Heating Food in Plastic

Although it might be tempting to throw that Tupperware into the microwave, the heat causes chemicals to leach from plastic that go straight into your food! It is much safer to use a pan, bowl, or plate when heating food.

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Be Aware of Questionable Plastic Containers

Be Aware of Questionable Plastic Containers

Some plastics are reported to contain dangerous chemicals, some of which are mentioned in reports by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Products labeled "biobased" or "greenware" are usually safer for food use.

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Eat Fresh Food

Eat Fresh Food

Any food that is not wrapped in plastic is a sure fire way to reduce your microplastics consumption!

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Reduce Household Dust

Reduce Household Dust

Dust plays in to microplastic inhalation, exposing people to harmful chemicals. Vacuuming or having an air purifier can help minimize the risk of microplastic inhalation.