According to a recent study published in Environmental Science & Technology, over 90% of sampled salt brands globally were found to contain microplastics, with the highest number coming from salt sourced in Asia.
The study analyzed 39 various salt brands globally, showing that plastic contamination in sea salt was highest, followed by lake salt, then rock salt – an indicator of the levels of plastic pollution in the areas where the salt was sourced.
“Recent studies have found plastics in seafood, wildlife, tap water, and now in salt. It’s clear that there is no escape from this plastics crisis, especially as it continues to leak into our waterways and oceans,” said Mikyoung Kim, Campaigner at Greenpeace East Asia. “
In order to stop plastic pollution at its source it is essential to immediatly compel corporations to reduce their reliance on disposable plastics. Americans used about 50 billion plastic bottles last year and more than 500 million plastic straws. Single-use disposable foodware is a major factor in the plastic now polluting the world’s oceans, drinking water, and food.
Last year Greenpeace along with the Break Free From Plastic coalition released a report naming Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, and Nestlé as among the most frequent companies whose packaging relies on the single-use plastics that pollute our oceans and waterways globally. If current plastic use remains unchecked scientists actually project that we’ll have a greater volume of plastic in the ocean than fish by the year 2050.