Humans eat a credit card-size amount of plastic every week: study

Well, here’s one way to cut down on personal debt.

Humans are gobbling up around 5 grams of microplastics in their weekly diets — or about as much as your ATM card, according to a new study led by researchers at the University of Newcastle, Australia, and commissioned by the World Wildlife Fund for Nature.

TEEN KILLED IN MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT RECEIVES ‘HONOR WALK’ EN ROUTE TO DONATE ORGANS

“For the first time, this study offers precise estimations on the amounts of plastic ingested by humans,” Dr. Thava Palanisami, who took part in the study, tells the Brussels Times.

The researchers, who analyzed more than 50 studies on microplastics, discovered that most of the 2,000 particles ingested every week came from regular drinking water, whether tap or bottled.

WHEN DREAM VACATIONS TURN INTO TRAGEDIES: MANY DEATHS AT POPULAR RESORTS REMAIN MYSTERIES

Palanisami says the results provide a foundation for future studies on the health impacts of inadvertently ingesting plastic.

Perhaps surprisingly, shellfish were the second most common source of plastic in a person’s diet. Beer and salt were also sources, the study showed.

The WWF says that it hopes that the study will “ring the alarm for governments” to take action and regulate plastic waste.

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

“Plastics are polluting not only our oceans and waterways but also marine life and humans. Urgent, global action is needed to face this crisis,” the organization says.

Click here for more from NYPost.com.

Related Posts

Add Comment