Average person scoffs 120,000 tiny pieces of plastic each year, boffins warn – The Sun

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Average person scoffs 120,000 tiny pieces of plastic each year, boffins warn – The Sun



THE average person eats up to 120,000 tiny pieces of plastic each year, boffins warn.
Plastic dust is released into the environment by everything from carrier bags to polyester fleeces.
1 Researchers have warned the average person eats up to 120,000 tiny pieces of plastic a yearCredit: Alamy
The health effects are unclear — but some tiny bits could get into tissues to trigger immune reactions or release poisons. Researchers from the University of
Victoria in Canada analysed 26 studies on microplastic levels in fish, shellfish, sugar, salt, booze and water and then worked out how many particles we would consume in a year.
They estimate it is 74,000 to 121,000  when adding the microplastics we breathe from the air. And they say bottled water addicts glug down 90,000 more pieces of plastic pollution than those who stick to tap water.
Campaigners say the global nature of pollution means the figures are likely to be similar in the UK.
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Prof Alastair Grant, of the University of East Anglia, said the scientists had not factored in our body’s ability to filter out air particles.
But microplastics expert Prof Richard Lampitt said the conclusions were fair.
Emma Priestland, of Friends of the Earth, said: “Studies like this are a scary indication of just how far plastic pollution can get. What’s also worrying is that we don’t yet know what this means for our health.”
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