That’s right, you read it correctly. Humans, like animals, are eating plastic. We’ve all read about dead animals found filled with plastic, but it’s important for humans to realize that they, too, are consuming plastic.
I recently wrote about how to reduce the amount of plastic we use in our lives. A Consumer Reports article, “How to Eat Less Plastic,” alerted me to the fact we need to go a step further and take a look at how much plastic we’re eating.
Research is just beginning on how many tiny particles of plastic people consume. One research review calculated that by eating, drinking, and breathing, the average American ingests 74,000 to 121,000 microplastic particles every year, with even more ingested if bottled water is consumed regularly, according to the article.
Consumer Reports suggests these six tips to reduce your exposure to plastic:
- Drink water from the tap.
- Don’t heat food in plastic.
- Avoid plastic food containers with known issues such as the recycling codes “3,” “6,” and “7,” except if they’re labeled as “biobased” or “greenware.”
- Eat more fresh food.
- Minimize household dust.
- Use glass instead of plastic, use reusable non-plastic, and support policies limiting the use of single-use plastic.
Read the article for details on these tips and for information on how plastic affects the health of humans.