FLINT, Mich. (WJRT) – Studies show humans consume tens of thousands of tiny, little pieces of plastic each year known as microplastics. But if you’re drinking water primarily from plastic water bottles, that number increases significantly.
A new study published in the Environmental Science & Technology journal found Americans ingest between 74,000 and 121,000 microplastic particles each year through what they breathe in, drink or eat depending on age or sex.
For someone in Lendra Brown’s shoes, who primarily drinks bottled water, the intake of microplastics jumps to 90,000 particles annually. Compare that to 4,000 microplastics annually for those who drink only tap water.
Brown uses about 10 to 15 bottles of water each day to complete regular tasks such as bathing and cleaning food, and that is not counting what her husband may need for his personal use.
Brown and other people living in Flint have been told by Mayor Karen Weaver to continue using water filters and bottled water while lead and galvanized pipes are being replaced. It’s a contrast from what federal officials have said in recent months. After the latest round of testing, both the […]