Widespread use of plastic packaging for storing, transporting, and conveniently preparing or serving foodstuffs is significantly contributing to the global plastic pollution crisis. This has led to many efforts directed toward amending plastic packaging’s end of life, such as recycling, or alternative material approaches, like increasingly using paper for food packaging. However, in a study published in the journal PLOS Biology, we can see how these approaches often neglect the critical issue of microplastic and chemical migration from packaging into human bodies: When contacting foodstuffs, plastic particles and chemicals that are present in packaging transfer into food and thus unwittingly become part of our diets. Learn about the risks of this phenomenon, and understand options for addressing it with solutions now and into the future.
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