We are eating plastic
EIGHT million tonnes of waste plastic ends up in the sea each year. Fish eat it – and then we do.
Scientists at Ghent University in Belgium have calculated that shellfish lovers there are eating up to 11,000 plastic fragments in their seafood each year! Humans absorb fewer than 1% of that, but they will still accumulate in the body over time, according to a report in The Guardian.
Plymouth University has found plastic in a third of the fish caught off British coastal waters, including cod, haddock, mackerel and shellfish. The British government is considering a refundable deposit on plastic bottles.
Even microscopic zooplankton have been captured on film eating microplastic – tiny particles broken down from plastic bags, bottles, and other garbage. Fish eat these tiny organisms – and then humans eat fish.
It’s not just birds in the Pacific ocean that eat plastics. Even humans are eating microplastics through seafood.