Swallowing credit cards

Original article published by Beverage Blog - Tuesday 16 July 2019

In case you missed it, analysis of more than 50 research studies, by Australia’s University of Newcastle, has found that everyone in the world on average ingests:

• 5 grams of plastic each week, the weight of a plastic credit card, by consuming

• up to 102,000 tiny pieces during a full year.

90% of this microplastic reportedly comes from water, mainly tap but also bottled, with 72% of tap water samples tested containing plastic particles.

Other products with high levels of plastic include shellfish, salt and beer.

The research has apparently been endorsed by the World Wildlife Fund.

While no product may be immune from microplastic, I would imagine an artesian natural mineral water that has been filtered through rocks for a number of years is far more likely to be free of microplastic than virtually anything else we consume.

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