Sushi wrapped in shopping bags and beer frothing with styrofoam bubbles are among the unappealing images in Sweet Sneak Studio's Microplastic Photo Series that explore the impacts of plastic pollution.
The Dutch design studio teamed up with photographer Morten Bentzon for the series, which features eight different foods that tend to contain microplastics — the sub-five-millimetre pieces that remain after plastic waste degrades.
Sweet Sneak Studio undertook the project to raise awareness of the ways that commonly used plastics such as grocery bags and cling wrap re-enter the food chain. They also wanted to bust the myth that seafood is the only culprit.
"Eventually, microplastics move all the way up to the top of the food chain and end up on our plates," they said.
"Even water is affected when bought in returnable plastic bottles as the bottles have the highest content of microplastic. Scientists have also found microplastics in beer, honey and sea salt."