How are we eating plastic?
This week The University of Newcastle released a study that compared and collated 50 research papers from around the world in an aim to discover how much Microplastic we are consuming. It turns out we ingest about 5 grams a week. That’s the equivalent to a 250 gram block of butter per year! So my 7 year old daughter Ariella is likely to have ingested more than 1.5kgs of microplastic so far in her life. That thought is horrific! The next thing they plan to study is the likely effect on human health but do we need to wait until then to stop using single use plastic? Canada and the European Union have already decided to ban single use plastic items by 2021. Australia... why are we so behind on this? Our children matter too!
We are not hopeless though. We don’t have to wait for our gov to ban single use plastic we can start to change our habits now. I wrote to Ariellas school this week with a bunch of video links, lesson plans, and resources so they can make the school single use plastic free. I will not stop until they listen because 250 grams a year is too much!