Kasey Dresser| July 29, 2019
This weeks segment looks at increasing microplastic pollution worldwide.
Plastic is in the air we breathe, the food we eat and even the water we drink.
This is the Iowa Environmental Focus
Plastic pollution is a worldwide problem that is exponentially increasing due to consumerism and an increase in the amount of plastic used daily.
Most of our plastic will likely end up in the ocean, where when exposed to light will break down into microscopic particles called “microplastics.” These very small plastic bits can be harmful to our environment and health.
A new study by the University of Newcastle in Australia, discovered that an average person could be ingesting approximately 5 grams or about a credit cards worth of plastic every week. Everyday food and beverage consumption could add up to 52,000 microplastics pieces each year.
The study also suggests that an average person could consume an approximate 1,769 particles of microplastics a week, just from tap or bottled water—which makes drinking water the largest source of human plastic intake.
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From the UI Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research, I’m Sara E. Mason.