Microplastics – GBRI
 

It is a well known fact today that microplastics are literally everywhere. They have found their way into our bodies through drinking water, food and even through the air that we breathe. But did you know that an average human ingests about 50,000 pieces of plastic annually and inhales about the same amount! And if eating […]

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It is a well known fact that microplastics have found their way into our water bodies and food chain. But a recent study has confirmed that these tiny bits of plastic have also started contaminating our groundwater. The study undertaken at the University of Illinois found that fractured limestone aquifers, which supply 25% of the world’s population […]

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A new report from environmental campaign group Friends of the Earth identified four main culprits behind microplastic pollution in the oceans from sources in the UK – vehicle tyres, synthetic clothing, plastic pellets used to make plastic items and plastic paints that flake off from buildings. Out of these, the two leading sources are tyre abrasion, […]

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We have literally drowned our planet in plastic – plastic debris can be found in the deepest of oceans, inside the bodies of marine animals, table salt, drinking water and so on. Unsurprisingly, microplastics have now found their way inside our bodies too. A small study has detected microplastics in human excrement for the first […]

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The news that a team of researchers from South Korea’s Incheon National University and Greenpeace East Asia found microplastics in a whopping 90% of table salt they sampled shouldn’t really come as a surprise considering how ruthlessly we are dumping millions of tons of plastic trash into our water bodies every year. Microplastics are virtually everywhere. […]

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A recent research has confirmed that microplastics that contaminate our water bodies are spread to new environments via insects who ingest them. In fact, a research has found nearly half of the mayfly and caddisfly larvae in rivers in Wales contained microplastics. This also proves to be fatal for birds and animals who feed on such […]

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