How Much Plastic Are You Consuming?
WWF has a long and proud history being the leading voice for nature for more than half a century with the amount of trash found on our streets and across the gozo countryside, we feel This campaign needs to be shared.
A credit card a week?
On average people could be ingesting around five grams of plastic every week, which is the equivalent weight of a credit card. Studies suggests people could be consuming on average over 100,000 microplastics every year. That’s approximately 21 grams a month, just over 250 grams a year.
How is this happening?
Eight million tonnes of plastic ends up in the ocean every year. They break down into tiny bits called microplastics, small enough to enter our food chain, along with other types of microplastics like those that are released when we wash our clothes.
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How Can We Calculate How Much We Consume?
There have been multiple reports in the media on the microplastics we are ingesting – through our food (shellfish, honey and salt), our drinks (bottled water, tap water and beer), and even the air. We worked with the University of Newcastle in Australia to calculate the approximate weight of the average amount of microplastics that these studies demonstrate we are ingesting. More information on the methodology is available here.
Is this damaging to my health?
The truth is, we don’t know. We know that plastics are doing irreparable harm to wildlife, but scientists have only just started looking at what it’s doing to human health. Can we say, categorically, that this is causing impacts on our health? No. Does that mean we can rest easy? Absolutely not. After all, you wouldn’t choose to chow down on an actual credit card, right?
How do we really solve this problem?
While saying ‘no’ to straws and bringing along a reusable bag are great first steps, which you absolutely must do, it’s governments and business who need to solve this. At WWF we want governments around the world over to sign a global legally binding treaty to streamline how we use and dispose of plastics. Business should play an important role here too – for example, by changing their production and product design models to allow for re-use of plastic rather than immediate disposal.
Should we ban all plastic?
Plastic is not inherently bad; it is a man-made invention that has generated significant benefits for society, and even in some cases, the environment. Unfortunately, the way industry and governments have managed plastics and the way society has converted it into a disposable and single use commodity transformed this innovation into a planetary disaster. The way we use and dispose of plastics must change for the sake of not just the environment – but also our economy.
What can I do as an individual?
Do not dump your rubbish just anywhere. Get rid of your refuge in the right way and take stuff you can’t throw in the trash to the Civic Amenity Site in Xewkija.
Make sure your voice is heard. Tell everyone from your government leaders to the owners of the businesses you frequent that you want them to solve this.
Remember, it’s not just our island you are harming when you dump rubbish. It’s your family and your friends. Your daughters, sons, grand children. Future family generations.
Think before you act and do the right thing.