According to a breaking ABC News article by Julia Jacobo, humans literally can’t stop eating plastic. And, a new report by the World Wildlife Fund has indicated just how regularly it occurs in humans worldwide.
THE GRAVITY OF THE SITUATION
According to this report, funded by University of Newcastle in Australia, people are consuming about five grams of plastic every week. For reference, that’s about the size of a credit card and the weight of one standard grape or a single sheet of printer paper. But no matter what, one thing’s for sure: that is an alarming amount of plastic to consume weekly.
In the grand scheme of things, that clocks in at about 21 grams of plastic per month and 250 grams per year, according to the report.
THE RISE OF MICROPLASTICS
The report also found that the single largest source of plastic ingestion is—that’s right—water, both bottled and tap. Next on the list included shellfish, beer and salt. The culprit is something we now call microplastics, a fairly new term used to define extremely small pieces of plastic debris in the environment as a result of the disposal and breakdown of consumer products and industrial waste.
So, the issue of microplastics is a human-made issue that we, once again, are failing to solve. In fact, the article reports that since 2000, we have produced more plastic worldwide than every single preceding year combined. A third of that plastic? It ends up in our environment, according to the report. That’s why the switch from single-use plastics is becoming more and more popular these days: to stop microplastics in their tracks.
The implications of ingesting microplastics in any capacity are predicted to be striking, however, more comprehensive research is needed to be fully conclusive. In the article, WWF International Director General Marco Lambertini said:
“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.”
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