Nowadays plastic is used all over the world for different purposes. But the plastic that packs your stuff is very dangerous for health. This not only causes pollution, but now it has started going into our body as well. This may sound a bit strange to hear but it is absolutely true. We eat a lot of plastic throughout the day. Many research and studies have also been done regarding this.
Plastic has entered the human food chain
Many researches done in the past have shown how microplastics can enter the human food chain. Even plastic pieces were found in the water sold in sealed bottles of many famous brands last year. Recently, Canadian scientists analyzed hundreds of data about the presence of microplastics during research and then compared them with the eating habits of Americans.
Humans eat 90 thousand plastic particles in 1 year
Based on this, they have discovered that an adult human can ingest about 52,000 pieces of microplastic in their body in a year. For example, in the kind of polluted air we live in, 1.21 lakh microplastic particles can enter the body only through breathing i.e. about 320 plastic pieces every day. Apart from this, if a person drinks only bottled water, then in a year about 90,000 pieces of plastic can go into his body. The report about this research has been published in the Journal of Environmental Science and Technology.
In 10 days, eat the plastic equivalent of a credit card
Apart from this, according to a report published last year by news.trust.org, we consume plastic equivalent to a credit card in 10 days. A person consuming tuna salad with a cup of milk can eat about 7 grams of plastic in 10 days. Reports say that plastic is also reaching the body along with air, water and food. If the full age is calculated, then reaching 15 to 20 kg will not be a big deal.
Plastic also goes inside the body through breath
Scientists say that how many plastic particles will go into a person’s body will depend on where he lives and what he eats. He also says that what is the effect of microplastics on the human body, it is not understood properly yet. However, according to scientists, plastic particles smaller than 130 micrometers have the ability to transfer to human tissues and then affect the immune system of that part of the body.
eats 2.5 kg of plastic in 10 years
According to another study, in a year, we consume plastic equivalent to the helmet of a fire brigade personnel. At the same time, in 10 years, we eat about 2.5 kg of plastic. According to this, if we talk about the whole age, then a person consumes up to 20 kg of plastic in a lifetime.