As plastic pollutants stew in the Mediterranean Sea, exposure to sunlight, waves and sand continually degrade large pieces of contaminants into smaller and smaller particles known as nanoplastics.
Plastic is not biodegradable. Even the smallest particles take several lifetimes to decompose, so once nanoplastics enter the human body, they remain in the blood and major organs.
Nanoplastics are so small they are barely visible, even under the most advanced microscopes, and they are found highly concentrated in Mediterranean Sea salt, fish and other plant and animal life, all of which are consumed by humans.
“It’s a plastic smog...”
-Marcus Eriksen, co-founder of 5 Gyres
“Producing salt from contaminated bodies of water leads to plastic in your salt shaker.”
- Dave Asprey, New York Times Bestselling Author
Due to their microscopic size, nanoplastics can translocate across living cells into the circulatory and lymphatic systems when consumed.
One million tons of plastic have accumulated in the Mediterranean Sea, and plastic pollution is expected to double by 2040. Consuming anything from this cesspool of pollution is increasingly dangerous.
It takes almost 100 years for a single drop of water to exit the sea through one of its two small outlets – by nature of its geography, the Mediterranean is effectively a bathtub of circling pollution.
Just as the plastics pollute the Mediterranean Sea, they collect in and damage internal organs.
At this very moment, nanoparticles continue to collect in shockingly high concentration in the Mediterranean Sea. This problem isn’t going away anytime soon.
Salt from the Mediterranean is believed to be unsafe for human consumption, with more studies being conducted to prove its detrimental effect on the human body. It is more important than ever to know where your salt is sourced.
For more information about clean and safe sea salt options, visit the SafeSalt Association.