Average person ingests equivalent of a credit card of plastic every week
The idea of swallowing plastic may make you feel a bit nauseous, but a new report suggests that it's a reality for most of us.
The report, by WWF , reveals that the average person consumes up to 5 grams of plastic weekly.
To put that in perspective, that’s the equivalent of a credit card.
Alex Taylor, Head of Marine Policy at WWF, said: “Plastic is polluting our planet in the deepest ocean trenches, but now we know that it’s also polluting our own bodies, through the food we eat and the water we drink.
“This report must serve as a wake-up call to the UK Government – we don’t want plastic in our ocean, and we don’t want it on our plates.”
The report, called ‘No Plastic in Nature: Assessing Plastic Ingestion from Nature to People, was based on a study carried out by the University of Newcastle, Australia.
The study found that the single largest source of plastic ingestion is through water – both bottled and tap.
Meanwhile, foods with the highest recorded plastic levels included shellfish, beer and salt.
Dr Thava Palanisami, co-author of the study, said: “While the awareness of microplastics and their impact on the environment is increasing, this study has helped to provide an accurate calculation of ingestion rates for the first time.
“Developing a method for transforming counts of microplastic particles into masses will help determine the potential toxicological risks for humans moving forward.”
Based on the findings, WWF is now calling for governments to step up and play a role in ensuring everyone from manufacturers to consumers is held accountable for the common goal of ending plastic pollution.
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