Let's balance out
Plastic in our organs and bottled water
20-08-2020 • • di Ludovica Luvi F
It isn't as bad as you think. Or maybe it is.

Another week has passed and we're back with the climate updates! This is "Let's balance out" and you'll read one good news and one bad news about the climate crisis. Shall we begin?

So what do you want first? The good news or the bad news?
BAD NEWS

We already know plastics and microplastics pollute the planet. We have talked about those you can find in the oceans, but they're also in the Arctic snow and Alpine soil.

It is now clear microplastic and nanoplastic can be found in our body, as researches have found traces of them in human organs through a method that allows to discover dozens of types of plastic.

The consequences of it being in our system are not clear yet, but they are there.
GOOD NEWS

The Australian company Thankyou permanently stopped the production of its bottled water. It was the company's funding product, even though they later moved onto hand wash, lotions and baby products.

The company uses the profits to fund projects in developing countries, and the selling of bottled water raised more than 1m dollars to fund clean-water projects in those countries.

Daniel Flynn, managing director and cofounder of the company, said that he hopes this act sends a message to other brands and that selling bottled water in Australia, where tap water is perfectly good to drink, doesn't make sense.

Credits

Illustration by Andrea