By Maggy Dunphy
Every day in the news we see some element of environmental catastrophe. Devastating forest fires, climate change, wildlife killed by plastics, and the list goes on. Hopefully you are doing your part by eliminating straws and plastic bottles, planting trees, reducing unnecessary water usage, using products with clean ingredients-again, the list goes on.
When it comes to harmful plastics in the environment, the scale is staggering. People use (and discard) billions of plastic bags, plastic stirrers, razors, toothbrushes and more every year. The results are even more unsettling, like sea turtles being born with plastic already in their bellies, or a significant portion of fish caught for human consumption containing plastic. It’s even been estimated that chemicals from plastic are more prevalent in the human body than any other toxin.
It’s important to understand the impact that plastics have on our world and our health, not only in terms of pollution but as it relates to how we may be consuming it unintentionally. Luckily, there are some simple ways to combat and remove plastics from our systems. Here’s how.
A study in Environmental Science and Technology reviewed existing research on microplastics found in beer, salt, seafood, sugar, alcohol and honey, and it concluded that humans may be consuming anywhere from 39,000 to 52,000 microplastic particles a year.1 The good news is that plastic chemicals are usually excreted from the body within a day, so they don’t typically accumulate like other toxins.
Maggy Dunphy is a passionate spa and wellness executive with more than 25 years of success developing and operating wellness concepts and brands. From leading teams with Hyatt and Destination Hotels as director of spa and wellness, to founding her own company (Three33), Dunphy has a proven track record of analyzing market trends, developing short- and long-term strategies, and implementing successful programming.