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You may be eating a credit card's worth of plastic each week, says study

Updated : June 12, 2019 10:49 AM IST

Plastic pollution is so widespread in the environment that you may be ingesting five grams a week, the equivalent of eating a credit card, a study commissioned by the environmental charity WWF International said on Wednesday.

A plastic bottle is seen floating in an Adriatic sea of the island Mljet, Croatia, May 30, 2018.  A study commissioned by the environmental charity WWF International said on Wednesday that Plastic pollution is so widespread in the environment that you may be ingesting five grams a week, the equivalent of eating a credit card. REUTERS/Antonio Bronic/File Photo
A plastic bottle is seen floating in an Adriatic sea of the island Mljet, Croatia, May 30, 2018.  A study commissioned by the environmental charity WWF International said on Wednesday that Plastic pollution is so widespread in the environment that you may be ingesting five grams a week, the equivalent of eating a credit card. REUTERS/Antonio Bronic/File Photo
A man uses an improvised banca to collect plastic materials in a polluted river in Manila, Philippines. The study by Australia's University of Newcastle said the largest source of plastic ingestion was drinking water, but another major source was shellfish, which tended to be eaten whole so the plastic in their digestive system was consumed too. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco/File Photo
A man uses an improvised banca to collect plastic materials in a polluted river in Manila, Philippines. The study by Australia's University of Newcastle said the largest source of plastic ingestion was drinking water, but another major source was shellfish, which tended to be eaten whole so the plastic in their digestive system was consumed too. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco/File Photo
A soldier walks on the shores of Montesinos beach, which is covered in plastic and other debris, during a cleanup in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The average person could be consuming 1,769 particles of plastic every week from water alone. REUTERS/Ricardo Rojas/File Photo
A soldier walks on the shores of Montesinos beach, which is covered in plastic and other debris, during a cleanup in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The average person could be consuming 1,769 particles of plastic every week from water alone. REUTERS/Ricardo Rojas/File Photo
The amount of plastic pollution varies by location, but nowhere is untouched, said the report, which was based on the conclusions of 52 other studies. REUTERS/Ricardo Rojas/File Photo
The amount of plastic pollution varies by location, but nowhere is untouched, said the report, which was based on the conclusions of 52 other studies. REUTERS/Ricardo Rojas/File Photo
In the United States, 94.4 percent of tap water samples contained plastic fibres, with an average of 9.6 fibres per litre. European water was less polluted, with fibres showing up in only 72.2 percent of water samples, and only 3.8 fibres per litre. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte/File Photo
In the United States, 94.4 percent of tap water samples contained plastic fibres, with an average of 9.6 fibres per litre. European water was less polluted, with fibres showing up in only 72.2 percent of water samples, and only 3.8 fibres per litre. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte/File Photo
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