According to the new studies, it was found that we are consuming almost five grams of plastic in a week which relatable to the weight of a credit card. As per the research conducted by the University of Newcastle in Australia, claims that about 2,000 small pieces of plastic are being consumed by the people which makes it about 21 grams in a month and even more than 250 grams within a year. This amount to deposition of the plastic can make cause some major trouble for the people. The amount of intake of the microplastic by people was observed under a study conducted by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), who gathered the data from over 50 studies conducted previously.
The study conveyed that people should be aware of the amount of microplastic they are consuming as the plastic is just polluting the eco-system. “These findings must serve as a wake-up call to governments. 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,” said Marco Lambertini, WWF International Director General. “While research is investigating potential negative effects of plastic on human health, we are all clear that this is a worldwide problem that can only be solved by addressing the root cause of plastic pollution,” Lambertini said. “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,” he said.
The study also showed how people are ingesting microplastic. The studies showed that how people consume the microplastic as it was found that people intake so most of the plastic by the bottled water and taps in all over the world. A large amount of plastic was found in the US and India compared to European or Indonesian water.
It was also found that plastic pollution is on the top of all the other pollution and it is affecting the citizen of the Earth on a high level. “While the awareness of microplastics and their impact on the environment is increasing, this study has helped to provide an accurate calculation of ingestion rates for the first time,” said Thava Palanisami, a microplastics researcher at the University of Newcastle. She added, “Developing a method for transforming counts of microplastic particles into masses will help determine the potential toxicological risks for humans moving forward.”