Plastic in Oceans Leaches Potentially Toxic Chemicals, Japanese Study Shows

Among Other Toxins, BPA is Released...
Plastic. Plastic everywhere. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is now in the spotlight, but we're still just figuring out what's the impact of all this plastic in our oceans. A team of researchers from Nihon University in Chiba, Japan, have released a study showing that all this plastic isn't just an eyesore.

From Discovery News:

"Most people in the world believe that this plastic is indestructible for a very long time," said Katsuhiko Saido, a chemist at Nihon University [...]

In their lab, Saido and colleagues used a new chemical technique to simulate the decomposition of polystyrene plastic in the oceans at 30 degrees Celsius (86 Fahrenheit). The process produced some potentially toxic chemicals, including bisphenol A (BPA) and PS oligomer.

Ocean samples revealed some plastic byproducts that aren't normally found in nature. Among others: including styrene monomer (SM), styrene dimer (SD), Bisphenol A (BPA), and styrene trimer (ST).

It is not known yet what impact this will have on marine life and on the ecosystems that depend on the oceans, but I certainly isn't a good thing.

Via Discovery News,

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