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You May Be Consuming A Credit Card’s Worth Of Plastic Every Week: Study

A recent study has showed that you may be ingesting five grams of plastic a week that is equivalent of eating a credit card. The largest source of plastic ingestion was drinking water, but another major source was shellfish, which tended to be eaten as a whole so the plastic in their digestive system was consumed too, according to the study by University of Newcastle in Australia. “Since 2000, the world has produced as much plastic as all the preceding years combined, a third of which is leaked into nature,” a study commissioned by the environmental charity WWF International said on Wednesday. The report further added that an average person might be consuming 1,769 bits of plastic every week from water only. Based on conclusions of 52 other studies, the amount of plastic pollution varies from location to location, but no place is untouched. In Europe, 72.2% of water samples contained plastic fibres, with only 3.8 fibres a litre. United States’ water was more polluted, with fibres showing up in 94.4% of tap water samples, and an average of 9.6 fibres per litre.

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