Every week we ingest enough plastic to make a credit card - Blueland CEO
The oceans are being polluted by microplastics to the point where even seafood is becoming contaminated.
Sarah Paiji Yoo is the CEO of Blueland, a company that produces re-usable cleaning supplies.
“About 14 billion pounds of trash is dumped into the ocean each year. About a third of the fish that we consume is thought to have microplastics in their system. We are consuming, as adults, a credit card’s worth of plastic each week, so it is pretty scary,” Yoo told Kitco’s anchor, David Lin.
Yoo added that 90% of our drinking water contains microplastics.
The severity of this problem could be reduced if all companies in the cleaning supply sector that use plastics re-use their packaging, Yoo said.
“Our calculations would say that if everyone shifted to a re-usable system instead of consuming a new plastic cleaning bottle every time they need new cleaning products, we could save 100 billion plastic bottles from entering our landfills as well as oceans,” she said.