What for dinner? Lego sushi, credit card burgers or a well-made piece of PVC pipe?
These examples may seem extreme, but can easily represent over time the cumulative amount of microscopic pieces of plastic that people consume each day.
People could ingest the equivalent of a plastic credit card per week, a 2019 study by WWF International found, mostly in plastic-infused drinking water but also through foods like shellfish, which tend to be eaten whole, so the plastic in their digestive system. is also consumed.
Using the results, the Reuters news agency reported that we ingest the weight of a plastic 4 × 2 Lego brick in a month. In a year, that’s the equivalent of plastic in a firefighter’s helmet.
At this rate of consumption, in a decade we could be eating 2.5 kg (5.5 lbs) of plastic, the equivalent of more than two large pieces of plastic pipe.
And in a lifetime, we consume about 20 kg (44 lbs) of microplastic.