Recently, a report detailed the prevalence of microplastics in various table and sea salts from around the world. Jacobsen Salt Co. is proud to report our processes and strict standards ensure no microplastics are found in our Oregon Sea Salt.
“I have reviewed the aforementioned study and have found that the microplastic particles found in sea salts and other products range in size from 344 microns to 686 microns,” said Paul Self, Jacobsen Salt Co.’s Salt Production Lead. “Since we filter all of our seawater through 5- and 10-micron filters, none of those particles—if present—make it into our sea salt.”
Between Jacobsen Salt Co.’s rigorous filtering process, and the pristine nature of Netarts Bay, customers can salt freely knowing our flakes are pure and free of contaminants.
Microplastics are a growing concern in our planet’s water ecology. According to the National Ocean Service, the cosmetics industry started using microbeads in the 1970s, which were small enough to pass through water filtration systems and into our oceans and lakes. Former President Obama signed the Microbead-Free Waters Act of 2015, banning plastic microbeads in cosmetics and personal care products; the act marked a large step in the right direction to cleaning up our oceans, aquatic life, and waterways.
Unfortunately, other sources of microplastics linger in the form of larger plastics breaking down to smaller sizes.
Looking to reduce contributions of microplastics into our environment?
The Ocean Society offers a few tips for those looking to minimize their environmental impact:
1. Reduce Your Use of Single-Use Plastics
2. Recycle Properly
3. Participate In (or Organize) a Beach or River Cleanup
4. Support Bans
5. Avoid Products Containing Microbeads
6. Spread the Word
7. Support Organizations Addressing Plastic Pollution
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