There is a a new study published in Environmental Science and Technology Journal claiming to know the amount of mircoplastics an average person consumes every year – and it’s not pretty.
What are Microplastics?
To be considered a “microplastic”, a plastic piece must be smaller than 5 millimeters, but if that sounds like you can see them, you’re in for a disappointment – most of them are so small they can only be seen through a microscope. That means that, as try as you might, you’ll never be able to see if they are indeed in the food and drink you consume.
To conduct this study, researchers looked at the following products: beer, salt, seafood, sugar, alcohol, and honey. So this list doesn’t even include all food and drinks. Currently, the study only covers 15% of the calories ingested by regular people.
So how much Microplastics do we consume?
The study found that about 40-50 thousand added estimates of how much microplastic might be inhaled, that number is more than 74,000 microplastic particles are consumed by each of us every year, including inhalation!
Hard to think of this with a light heart, isn’t it? Have we really gotten to a level where we eat plastic with every meal and drink? Imagine then how the fish in the ocean feel, as they consume a lot more than we do, with much smaller bodies.