Microplastics are tiny pieces of plastic, usually less than the size of a sesame seed, that are present in many different products. They can be found in items from single use bags to plastic bottles for water sold in stores, and even plastic food containers.
Studies show that some people may consume over 100,000 particles of microplastics per year - but the health repercussions are still widely unknown.
When it comes to food service, single use plastics are used more often than the average household in order to keep things sterile, but there are other ways to do this without dealing with microplastics.
Let’s explore the ways microplastics affect the fishing community and why it’s important to use more sustainable products in food service.