Environment

Five ways we are exposed to microplastics every day

When humans began mass usage of plastic in the 1940s, it was a miracle and a blessing. It brought more convenience to our lives and some products became more affordable when they were packaged in plastic. But because plastic isn’t easily biodegradable, the disposal of this polymer has become a massive problem in just a few...

Environment

Fishing for rubbish at Amsterdam’s famous canals

Equipped with fishing rods and thick gloves, a group of people peers into the water from one of the many boats that line Amsterdam’s famous canals. But it’s not fish they’re hunting on their cruise along one of the Dutch capital’s most famous tourist attractions – it’s plastic. With eco-tourism booming around the world, the canal...

Environment

‘We’re consuming the equivalent of one credit card a week from various sources’

By SL WONG While he was undergoing a health check-up, Malaysian marine biologist Dr Yusof Shuaib Ibrahim had a question for his doctor: “Can you observe plastic in the human gut?” (Photo above shows microplastics on a beach in the Canary Islands; marine animals end up ingesting 5mm pieces that can travel up the food chain and into human stomachs. Photo: 123rf.com) Consultant gastroenterologist...