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How Much Plastic Do You Consume While Eating Fish?

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We're Eating WHAT?

You may think the title of this video refers to the plastic consumed in the process of producing and packaging the fish we buy.

No. Far scarier than that. How Much Plastic Do You Consume While Eating Fish? refers to the actual plastic, the microscopic particles of plastic from trash in the oceans that fish mistake for plankton. There are many estimates about the ratio of plastic particles to plankton. They range from 6:1 to a catastrophic 46:1. The point is there is MUCH more plastic than plankton.

Little fish eat this, the big fish eat them and we eat the big fish.

You are LITERALLY consuming plastic when you eat fish.

The speaker here is David De Rothschild, the youngest heir to the Rothchild banking fortune. After reading a report about all the plastic trash in our oceans, about 6.4 million tons of plastic per year he began a mission to raise awareness about the catastrophe of single use plastics.

He created a sailing vessel, the Plastiki with sails made of 12,500 recycled plastic bottles and even has a garden on board. In 2012 the vessel sailed from San Francisco to Sydney, Australia.

--Bibi Farber

This video was produced by Current Green

For a video on the Plastiki, see "Boat Made Of Plastic Bottles" in the Innovation section of Nextworldtv.

The Plastiki website is