An environmental activist has discovered a 44-year-old Yoplait yoghurt container on a beach in Spain.
Maite Mompó said on January 2 she was cleaning a beach in Denia, a regular patrolling spot for the writer, when she stumbled upon the crumpled, albeit well intact piece of plastic.
When she looked closer, the 52-year-old noticed the yogurt bore a logo from the 1976 Montreal Olympics.
“After 44 years stumbling around the sea, it is practically intact, without any sign of decomposition,” she wrote alongside a Youtube video she posted detailing the discovery.
“It is almost my age but nevertheless it will survive me for hundreds of years,” she said.
Ms Mompó called for the production of plastic to be halted across the world.
“Plastic is degrading and turning into microplastic that has been introduced into the chain of life.
“Plastic not only kills more than a million and a half animals and seabirds a year; also we, humans, are eating it and drinking now,” she said.
Everyone consuming plastic in drinking water
The activist claimed 90 per cent of the drinking water on the planet now contains microplastic.
“We eat the equivalent to a credit card a week,” she said, adding that the yoghurt container will take at least 150 years to decompose.
Microplastic can be found in tap water around the world, according a group of scientists who completed a study for Orb Media.
“From the halls of the US Capitol to the shores of Lake Victoria in Uganda, women, children, men, and babies are consuming plastic with every glass of water,” the study reads.
“Microplastics have been shown to absorb toxic chemicals linked to cancer and other illnesses, and then release them when consumed by fish and mammals.”
The top contributors to microplastics were deemed by scientists as the following: Synthetic fibres being washed in machines, synthetic fibres released into the air through wear and tear, tyre dust, paint, mishandled plastic waste and microbeads, which have been banned from cosmetics in the US and Canada.
According to the Australian Museum, it takes 450 years for one plastic water bottle to decompose entirely.
About 13billion plastic water bottles are disposed of annually.
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