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You may be eating Plastic Everyday – Study Reveals!

You may be eating Plastic Everyday - Study Reveals!

A study commissioned by global environment charity WWF recently said that humans may be ingesting five grams of plastic every week – which is the equivalent of eating a credit card.

The alarming results of the study highlights the extent to which plastic pollution is spread, while also calling for the urgent need to address the problem.

The study by Australia’s University of Newcastle said the largest source of plastic ingestion was drinking water, but another major source was shellfish, which tended to be eaten whole so the plastic in their digestive system was consumed too.

“Since 2000, the world has produced as much plastic as all the preceding years combined, a third of which is leaked into nature,” the report said.

The average person could be consuming 1,769 particles of plastic every week from water alone, it said.

The amount of plastic pollution varies by location, but nowhere is untouched, said the report, which was based on the conclusions of 52 other studies.

In the United States, 94.4% of tap water samples contained plastic fibres, with an average of 9.6 fibres per litre.

European water was less polluted, with fibres showing up in only 72.2% of water samples, and only 3.8 fibres per litre.

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