0800 454 301
0333 577 0302
Help Me Choose << Click here for a quote >> X

How much plastic in your diet!


News reports keep telling us about how much plastic there is in the world and how it has become one of this planet’s largest and most pressing environmental concerns, but have you ever wondered how much of this plastic, once broken down into microscopic pieces ends up in your food and drink? Scientists have worked it out and it is truly shocking: Each of us are eating up to a credit card’s worth of plastic each week!

Microplastics have been discovered in some of the most remote and inaccessible areas of the planet including the depths of the Arctic ocean and these are consumed by fish and other animals which in turn end up in our diets.

For the first time scientists have worked out exactly how much of this microplastic we consume, and they have compiled a list against a timeframe to show just how much it is:

According to the WWF study, an average person potentially consumes 1,769 particles of plastic per week from water alone.

The study also found that 182 particles are consumed through shellfish, 11 from salt and 10 from beer per week – reaching a total of 1,972.

Per month


In a month we’re consuming 21 grams of plastic, about the same weight as five casino dice and enough shredded plastic to fill a rice bowl halfway.

While this may not sound like much, this plastic is adding up over time, and science is still yet to establish the effect of ingesting micro and nano-sized plastic on human health.

Per 6 months


In six months, we consume 125 grams of plastic flakes – equivalent to an entire bowl full of your favourite cereal.

Per year

In the space of one year our plastic intake reaches a total of 250 grams.

That’s a heaped dinner plate’s worth of shredded plastic – similar to a hungry person’s Christmas lunch last week.

Per decade



At this rate of consumption, we could be eating 2.5kg in plastic in the space of a decade, which is about the same as a standard life buoy.

The ocean will contain 1 metric ton of plastic for every 3 metric tons of fish by 2025, according to WWF estimates.

Per lifetime


At the current rate of 1,972 particles ingested per week, this equates to more than 8 million particles over the course of 79 years.

This is about 20kg over an average lifetime of 79 years – enough to fill up two recycling bins.

UK Vending Ltd, Fort Bridgewood, Maidstone Road, Rochester, Kent. ME1 3DQ. Company No: 00952912 VAT No: 203190022
Copyright © UK Vending Ltd 1969-2024 All rights reserved. Although you may copy any part of this web-site to your computer for your personal use, we must insist that you do not use any of these graphics on your own web-site or in any other public or commercial manner or redistribute any portion of it, unless you are a licensee of our products. THE BRIGHT TEA CO. and LOVE THE LEAF are trademarks of Lavazza S.P.A and its affiliates, ALTERRA, FLAVIA.
Privacy Policy - Terms & Conditions - Terms of Sale. E&OE. Bookmark and Share