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One person can ingest up to five grams of plastic per week

The international environmental association WWF estimates that a person can ingest, on average, up to five grams of plastic per week, the weight of a credit card.

Microplastics are small pieces, sometimes microscopic, that arise from larger products due to degradation by the environment.

“It’s a warning to governments: not only do plastics pollute our rivers and oceans, they do not only kill marine life, but they are in all of us,” said WWF director Marco Lambertini.

The first source is water, especially if it is bottled. Among other products analyzed, seafood, beer and salt have the highest rate of microplastics.

Lambertini called for a global campaign involving “governments, businesses, and consumers” to achieve “an international pact” against ocean pollution through national targets. Since the mass production of plastics began in the 1940s, these versatile polymers have expanded rapidly around the world, and although in many ways they have made life easier, eliminating them is a growing problem. People may ingest these materials unconsciously when eating or breathing.

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