Did you know that we could be consuming almost 5 grams of plastic per week? Yes, its frightening but it turns out that by now plastic pollution has become one of the biggest threats to the earth and living things. Since the year 2000, the same amount of plastic has been produced as in the last 50 years, and it is estimated that 10 million tons of plastic are thrown into the sea annually. Almost half of all plastic produced is used to create single-use products or products that have a shelf life of less than 3 years.
Due to the increasing production and consumption of plastic, the international organization WWF (World Wildlife Fund) together with Newcastle University were commissioned to carry out studies to try and calculate how microplastics are becoming part of our food chain. For that purpose they created ¨Tu diet plástica¨ (Your Plastic Diet) a study that tries to show us how much plastic we consume weekly and show us the equivalent in products. Example: this week you consumed a credit card or a pen.
But why does plastic get into our food? It turns out that the plastics we use every day take more than 200 years to disappear and in the meantime they become micro-particles that contaminate the water, air, land and consequently the food we eat, as well as killing millions of animals every year, especially marine ones. While we do not yet know what impact this may have on our health, we do know that the outlook is not encouraging.
We propose a very simple exercise Do you remember your first toothbrush or the first bottle of water you drank? Your first plastic toy or your first pacifier? All those plastic products are still in the earth and the water, all the plastic that has passed through our lives, is still here.
If we pay attention to the amount of plastic we use every day and multiply it by billions of people and several decades we realize that plastic is absolutely everywhere. That's why it's important to open the conversation, even if it makes us uncomfortable or exhausting. We need to start reusing, recycling and saying NO to one-way plastic. We need to change our habits. We need to heal nature again. That's why the change is now.
Entering tudietaplastica.org you can calculate the amount of plastic ingested weekly.