Researchers in Sitka have been looking at the impact of microplastics on local shellfish. Their findings illustrate a possible connection between microplastics in mollusks and household laundry.
A first of its kind study shows plastic contamination in tap water from sources around the world. Scientists say they don’t know how plastic fibers reach household taps — or, what the health implications might be. Experts are concerned these fibers may transfer toxins, acting as a kind of shuttle for dangerous chemicals from the freshwater environment into the human body.