The big plastics quiz

Bon appétit!

What does a plastic bottle have to do with a salmon filet?
Quite a lot, as it turns out. A quiz the way you like it.

The big plastics quiz

Bon appétit!
A quiz the way you like it.

Question 1 of 5 How much plastic do we ingest with every meal?
  • A50 microparticles
  • B10 microparticles
  • C100 microparticles
  • Dnone
Exactly Wrong
This is how much plastic is in our food

Soups, pasta, sandwiches – we ingest more than 100 of the smallest plastic particles when we eat. That's up to 68,415 plastic fibers per person per year, according to a recent study by scientists at the Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh. Some particles also wind up on our plates through the air. How the plastic particles end up in the air is speculation at best, because the plastic cycle has not yet been studied.

Question 2 of 5 Scientists examined 38 brands of mineral water for microplastic particles. How many of them contained microplastic?
  • Athree waters
  • Bseven waters
  • Ceighteen waters
  • Dall waters
Exactly Wrong
All of the waters were contaminated

The results surprised even the researchers. Laboratory testing conducted by the Chemical and Veterinary Investigation Office of the Münsterland-Emscher-Lippe region proved that all of the 38 tested water brands were contaminated with microplastic. The most particles were found in reusable PET bottles, with 120 particles per liter. But microplastic has also been found in glass bottles and cardboard packaging. Researchers tested the water with state-of-the-art Raman spectroscopy.

Question 3 of 5 Where in the human body have researchers not yet found microplastic?
  • Ain the lungs
  • Bin the intestines
  • Cin the blood
  • Din the brain
Exactly Wrong
Microplastic everywhere

In the air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat, the clothes we wear and even the cosmetics we use – microplastic lurks everywhere, and we ingest it into our organism in a multitude of ways. More than 90 percent of people living in industrialized nations have blood that is chronically contaminated with bisphenol A (BPA), says Dieter Swandulla, Institute Director of the Physiology 2 Department at the University of Bonn. The brain is the only organ where microplastic has not been found – at least not yet.

Question 4 of 5 When do researchers fear that there will be more plastic than fish in the oceans?
  • A2050
  • B2100
  • C2025
  • D2075
Exactly Wrong
More plastic than fish

Researchers fear that this scary notion will be a reality by 2050. Even today there are gigantic mounds of plastic garbage floating around in the oceans, the largest of which has been dubbed the "Great Pacific Garbage Patch" by researchers. It's floating around between America and Asia in the Pacific and is as large as Central Europe. Deutsche Telekom is dedicated to finding a solution to this enormous problem. Read more in the article on the biggest garbage dump in the world.

Question 5 of 5 What are the health consequences for humans caused by microplastic that researchers fear?
  • AMicroplastic is harmless
  • BKidney stones
  • CArteriosclerosis
  • DInfertility and cancer
Exactly Wrong
This is how microplastic is making us sick

Plastic is made from petroleum, coal, or natural gas and supplemented with softeners, stabilizers, dyes and flame retardants. When they disintegrate, microplastic particles are like a magnet for countless toxins, which they encounter on their long journey. Researchers warn that the chemicals in the plastics as well as the bound toxins cause major damage to our health, from obesity and allergies to heart disease, infertility and cancer. Researchers at the universities of Beijing, Shenzhen, Gifu and Suzuka discovered in animal experiments that substitute materials such as fluorene-9-bisphenol (BHPF) can also be problematic. The hormonal balance of mice changed to such a degree when they were administered the substance that they had fewer offspring. The effect of many other chemical substances in our body has not yet been researched. Until then, we should always avoid using plastic and its cousins.