From the water we drink, the food we eat, and the air we breathe we could be ingesting massive microplastics, equivalent to 5gms or a credit card a week, according to a WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature) study, ‘Assessing Plastic Ingestion from Nature to People’ Reacting to the findings, Bluewater, a global leader in water purification technology and solutions, called on countries, to urgently tackle the alarming rate of plastic pollution.
“The WWF study says that the largest source of plastic ingestion is drinking water with plastic found in groundwater, tap water, and bottled water all over the world which is alarming,” said Bluewater founder and CEO Bengt Rittri.
The world has produced as much plastic since 2000 as all the preceding years combined, a third of which is leaked into nature, amounting to 100 million metric tonnes of plastic waste in 2016 alone. Anders Jacobson, co-founder, and CEO of Blue the company that owns Bluewater called for research into the health effects of plastic ingestion on humans.
“Bluewater …solutions for private individuals, businesses and public water dispensing, tackle the contamination problem at point of use, removing microplastics and lead from drinking and bathing water. To avoid a health emergency, we also must tackle the root of the problem,” he said.