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We Could Be Ingesting A Credit Card’s Weight Worth Of Plastic Every Week

The contamination comes from microplastics

we could be ingesting a credit card’s weight worth of plastic every week

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A global study recently discovered that we may be ingesting an average of  5grams of plastic every week!

The contamination comes from particles smaller that 5mm, known as microplastics. These microplastics are found in our food, water and even air. Yes, the air we breathe has microplastics!

we could be ingesting a credit card’s weight worth of plastic every week

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The study, which was done by the University of Newcastle, Australia stated that an average amount of approximately 2,000 microplastic particles are being ingested by people worldwide.

Where do they originate from?

Well, it comes from a wide variety of sources which includes artificial clothes fibers, microbeads in toothpastes or even bigger plastic which breaks down into smaller pieces when they are thrown, processed and exposed to other elements.

Co-lead researcher, Kala Senathirajah told CNN that these microplastics can be found in our food and drinks. Did you know that drinking water is known to be the largest source of microplastics?

In terms of how this affects our health remains unclear. However, if microplastics are shown to damage human health, it will be difficult to remove them from our environment.

 

Info via CNN, Business Insider

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