Microplastics and Drinking Water

There is scientific uncertainty about microplastic issues. There is concern that microplastics could harm human health as they move through the marine food web. Microplastics both absorb and give off chemicals and harmful pollutants. Plastic’s ingredients or toxic chemicals absorbed by plastics may build up over time and stay in the environment. It is not known if you can be exposed to these pollutants by eating contaminated seafood.

What pollutants are of greatest concern? Some of plastic’s ingredients or toxic chemicals absorbed by plastics are harmful, including:

  • Dioxin
  • Persistent organic pollutants (POPs)
  • Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs)
  • Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs)
  • Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs)