Urban legend has says that the average person eats eight spiders per year while sleeping. Thanks fully it is not true. A new body of research points out statistic that unfortunately people ingest approximately five grams of plastic per week. This is equivalent to eating a credit card. This is due to increasing Plastic Pollution.
Researchers from WWF found for the first time that people eat around 250 grams of tiny plastic pieces each year. Micro plastics are invading our world’s marine habitats, but the study show that plastic pollution is also spreading to our own food web.
How Plastic comes into our body?
The biggest causes was tap and bottled water. In spite of that plastic was found in shellfish, beer, and salt.
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.
Another major source was shellfish. When we eat shellfish the plastic present in their digestive system goes into our stomach and harm us. Other cause was salt in which invisible particles of polymer were present.
The complete prevalence and abundance of plastic pollution leaked into food and water proves that this is a global problem and cannot be overlooked. The average person could be consuming 1,769 particles of plastic every week from water alone. Plastic pollution varies in amount by location and areas.
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. These actions are at government, business and consumer levels. Also a global treaty with global targets need to address plastic pollution. Not only are plastics polluting our oceans and waterways and killing marine life. Also it’s in all of us, and we can’t escape consuming plastics.
So far the WWF has collected 500,000 signatures on a petition in favor of a global treaty to combat marine plastic pollution. Such a treaty would create national targets for reducing plastic pollution and improve waste management.