This seems incredible, and yet: the average individual consumes the equivalent of a credit card in plastic every week!
5 grams of plastic a week
This figure is almost unbelievable and actually quite worrying. According to research carried out on plastic ingestion in humans, the average person swallows up to 5 grams of plastic a week. That’s the equivalent of a bank card! That equates to 250 grams annually, roughly the same weight as an orange.
Several studies have already shown that humans consume and breathe in plastic particles in their day to day lives. But WWF and Newcastle University wanted to find out exactly how much is absorbed. To do this, they looked at and gathered information from around fifty studies.
But where do all these particles come from? According to the results from a study led by Sciences et Avenir (Science and the Future), the main source seems to be from bottles of water. Seafood and salt also have a very high percentage.
A wake-up call
It seems pollution is also to blame for these results. Plastic is also inhaled in microparticles, considerably increasing the amount that is ingested. WWF said in a press release:
This report must serve as a wake-up call to the UK government. We don’t want plastic in our oceans, and we don’t want it on our plates.
This research is now looking into the consequences of having this amount of plastic in the human body. Especially since these particles are being found in all four corners of the world, including the most remote places. It’s impossible to avoid.
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