The long and the short of the study linked above is pretty grim: in effect, there may not be any rainwater on earth that is free of micro plastics (and therefore safe to drink).
If you’re looking for the insidious ways the world becomes inhospitable to human life, its in collectively refusing to reign in companies that profit off of these materials and hoping they will “self-regulate”.
As someone who recently, unexpectedly started a tire company, the plastic issue is horrific and really hard to unwind. Something like 20-30% is coming from tire wear. Odds that we’re going to get rid of rubber tires or stop driving any time soon? Also, EV tires wear faster because the vehicles are heavy. Ugh.