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Humans could be consuming at least 39,000 microplastic particles a year, according to new research. 

The Canadian report, which compiled data from a series of studies, estimated that humans each consume between 39,000 and 52,000 particles a year.

That increases when inhaling microplastics from the air around us are included, with up to 121,000 particles consumed.

People who drink mostly bottled water can expect their intake to rise by a further 90,000, compared with an increase of 4,000 for those who only drink tap water.

The study - released in the journal of Environmental Science and Technology - said those numbers were "likely underestimates" due to restrictions on the variation of data analysed

Original article from sky news

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