Study suggests the average person consumes 70,000 microplastic bits every year

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“ Plastic: it’s what’s for dinner.” Plastics are polluting the world’s waterways – and they’re also found in abundance in the average person’s gut. Researchers in the United Kingdom have determined that the average British resident consumes, on average, 70,000 bits of microplastic every year. In a study published in the journal Environmental Pollution , scientists positioned sticky petri dishes next to dinner plates in several British homes. After only twenty minutes, an average of 14 microplastic bits gathered in each petri dish. The researchers then used this data to estimate that each dinner plate accumulates roughly 100 pieces of microplastic, originating from clothing, tires, carpets, and any number of plastic products encountered in daily life. The dinner plate study that produced these results was initially designed to test the level of plastic contamination in seafood. “These results may be surprising to some people who may expect the plastic fibers in seafood to be higher than those in household dust,” study author Ted Henry said in a statement . “We do not know where these fibers come from, but it is likely to be inside the home and the wider environment.” Free-floating plastic found in households also attracts other toxic pollutants. Meanwhile, global plastic production continues. Unless something is done, global plastic waste is expected to reach 12 billion metric tons by 2050. Related: First plastic-free supermarket aisle opens in Amsterdam Dinner plates are not the only medium through which microplastic bits enter the human body. The average glass of tap water in the United States contains 4.8 fibers of plastic, while the same amount of tap water in Europe contains 1.9 fibers on average. Bottled water actually fares worse in plastic content, with each bottle containing twice as many particles as the equivalent amount of tap water. Via Global Citizen Images via Depositphotos (1)

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UK Marine Biological Association Finds a Third of All Fish in UK Waters Suffer From Plastic Contamination

January 21, 2013 by  
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A joint report by Plymouth University and the UK Marine Biological Association has revealed that a third of fish collected off the coast of Plymouth, UK were found to contain traces of plastic. The study shows that plastic contamination of marine wildlife in British waters is a growing threat to local ecosystems. Read the rest of UK Marine Biological Association Finds a Third of All Fish in UK Waters Suffer From Plastic Contamination Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: british water , ecosystems , fish , marine wildlife , plastic contamination , plastic fish , plastic poison , plastic traces , plymouth university , rayon , synthetic plastic , UK fish , UK Marine Biological Association

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UK Marine Biological Association Finds a Third of All Fish in UK Waters Suffer From Plastic Contamination

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