You’ve been unknowingly ingesting two thousand pieces of plastic every week

That's about 250 grams a year
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You’ve been unknowingly ingesting two thousand pieces of plastic every week
@wwf by Troy Mayne

With sustainability at the forefront of our minds, everyone is hyperaware of the damage plastic is having on our eco-system, but what you probably didn’t know is that there is plastic inside your body right now.

A study by the Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF) found that over twenty grams of plastic makes its way into our bodies every month and we could be accidentally eating up to two thousand pieces of plastic per week – if you want to know what that looks like, it’s about the same weight as your credit card. Yikes. How is this happening? Mostly through food and water that is contaminated with plastic fibres – think water bottles, disposable cups, plastic cutlery and even salt.

The accumulation of plastic fibres can lead to lung and liver problems as well as increase the risk of cancer and infertility. Make sure you’re using re-usable glass bottles or one free from BPA, and take your takeaway out of its to-go container as soon as you get home. And – an obvious one – don’t use plastic straws or cutlery with hot beverages or food as this increases the chance of contamination.

On a bigger scale, make sure to cut down – or completely stop – plastic usage and do your bit to save the environment from the 300 million tonnes of plastic waste we create every year.

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