Microplastics are tiny plastic particles that are less than 5 millimeters in size. They come from a variety of sources, including synthetic fibers, microbeads, and broken-down larger plastic items.
Microplastics are a major concern because they are often too small to be filtered out by water treatment systems and end up in our oceans and waterways. These tiny particles are also ingested by marine animals, causing harm to their health and potentially entering the food chain.
Impact on human health
While the impact of microplastics on human health is still being studied, some research has suggested that microplastics may contain toxic chemicals that can be harmful to humans. In addition, microplastics can absorb other pollutants and become concentrated, increasing the risk of exposure to these contaminants.
Did you know that microplastics have been found in every corner of the Earth, from the deepest parts of the ocean to the highest peaks of the mountains? These tiny plastic particles are less than 5 millimeters in size and can come from a variety of sources, including the breakdown of larger plastic items, synthetic textiles, and even personal care products like exfoliating scrubs and toothpaste.
Reducing microplastic pollution requires a multi-faceted approach. Consumers can choose products that don’t contain microplastics, such as natural fiber clothing and personal care products without microbeads. Governments can regulate the use of microplastics and encourage manufacturers to find alternatives. And we can all work to reduce our overall plastic consumption, which can lead to less microplastic pollution in our environment.