F.A.Q.

Here are some common questions about Microplastics and Plastictox.

Getting
Started

Can you actually detect microplastics in human blood?

Yes microplastics have been repeatedly detected in human blood.

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How do you test for plastics in the blood?

To test for plastic particles in the blood, a bloodsample is needed. The plastic particles (if present) are then isolated and processed using a detection method in which the particles are counted their sizes are measured.

What does the microplastic content of the blood indicate?

The microplastic content of the blood gives an indication of the presence of plastic particles in the blood at a certain time at a certain place (the capillary network in the fingertip).

How does contamination of the blood occur?

Microplastics enter the body in general via the skin and the digestive system.

Testing

How does the test work?

The client collects a dried blood sample by means of a puncture in the fingertip. After the dried blood sample is received by SV Biotech B.V. the content of microplastics is analysed after application of a dye that specifically stains plastic particles. Using imaging techniques, every particle with a size of 1-70 ┬Ám is detected and counted in the sample.

What is the test exactly for?

The Plastic Tox blood test is designed to determine the microplastic load in a dried blood sample.

Does the test give any information about the microplastic load on organs and tissues?

The PlasticTox test does not give any information about deposits of microplastics in the organs and tissues.

Now what?

How can contamination be avoided?

Avoid intake of products that are packaged in plastic. Avoid skin products that contain microplastics. Avoid plastics in the kitchen. Reduce exposure to synthetic clothes. For more information please visit:

What do I do if I have microplastics in my blood?

When there are microplastics detected in your blood sample, you should stop using products that contain plastics.