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Making "Fat Thursday" healthier and greener: Reducing microplastic consumption

08 February 2024
"Fat Thursday", popular not only in Poland but also in many countries, is a time for delicious treats! But could our doughnuts and other food items contain microplastics? How can we reduce the presence of microplastics in our kitchen? What's worth knowing?:)
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  • microplastics can come from used ingredients such as flour or sugar, which may be contaminated during processing.
  • packaging of doughnuts and other food items may also release microplastics, especially those made of plastic.

While research on microplastics is ongoing and the full scale of the problem is not yet known, it’s worth taking conscious steps to reduce microplastic consumption. So how can we make our “Fat Thursday” more health and environmentally friendly?

  • choose local bakeries where the production process is controlled, and plastic packaging is minimized;
  • pay attention to the ingredients of food products, avoid artificial additives that may contain microplastics;
  • minimize the use of packaging by choosing biodegradable materials or products packaged without additional wrapping;
  • make your own doughnuts to have full control over the ingredients and avoid packaging;
  • limit consumption, remembering about health and environmental impact:)

Every day, it’s worth making conscious consumer choices beneficial both to our health and the planet. Therefore, as we celebrate “Fat Thursday”, let’s be aware of what we eat and choose options that are healthiest for us and for the environment.

As part of the Interreg Lakes Connect project, we are conducting research on the content of microplastics in selected lakes in Poland, Lithuania, and Latvia, and its connection to tourism.

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Fat Thursday – Wikipedia