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Highlighting the Imperative: Mainstream Media's Role in Spotlighting Indoor Air Quality

Microplastics on human finger.

It is encouraging to see the importance of indoor air quality being given centre stage in the mainstream media. A recent BBC news piece has shed light on a study from Hull in the United Kingdom, unveiling worrying discoveries.

Among these is the revelation that we might inhale the equivalent of a credit card’s worth of plastic each week. Biopsies taken from a patient’s lung revealed that plastics can reach deeper region of our lungs, with fragments being larger than researchers had initially anticipated. These findings underscore the growing concerns about the potential health implications of such exposures. 

The Hull study also analysed samples from 20 households, with a focus on indoor air quality. Parallel to these efforts, the EDIAQI project is actively gathering samples from homes of more than 100 children who have asthmas. Additionally, we are assessing the indoor air quality in various buildings, including schools, offices, and administrative buildings, across four European cities. Our primary goal is to produce robust evidence that will inform and shape effective policies for a zero-pollution environment by 2050. 

For more insights into the implications of this research, delve into the Hull study by Lauren Jenner, Laura Sadofsky, Evangelos Danopoulos, and Jeannette Rotchell.