USA – A new study from the University of Newcastle says that we as humans eat the total of five grams of plastic even week about the size of a credit card.
The report suggests that people eat 2,000 tiny pieces of plastic in various means every week equaling up to 21 grams a month and 250 grams a year thats a half of a pound.
“These findings must serve as a wake-up call to governments. Not only are plastics polluting our oceans and waterways and killing marine life – it’s in all of us and we can’t escape consuming plastics. Global action is urgent and essential to tackling this crisis,” said Marco Lambertini, WWF International Director General
“While research is investigating potential negative effects of plastic on human health, we are all clear that this is a worldwide problem that can only be solved by addressing the root cause of plastic pollution. If we don’t want plastic in our bodies, we need to stop the millions of tons of plastic that continue leaking into nature every year. In order to tackle the plastic crisis, we need urgent action at government, business and consumer levels, and a global treaty with global targets to address plastic pollution,” continued Lambertini.
According to the report the single largest source of plastic ingestion is through water, both bottled and tap, all over the world. Other consumables with the highest recorded plastic levels include shellfish, beer and salt.