Microplastics : What are they and what can you do about them?
Microplastics are very small pieces of plastic that pollute the environment. Microplastics are not a specific kind of plastic, but rather any type of plastic fragment that is less than 5 mm in length.
The microplastic-metal complex can then enter humans via consumption. The primary concern with human health in regards to microplastics is more directed towards the different toxic and carcinogenic chemicals used to make these plastics and what they carry.
The microplastics never dissolve and stay in the ocean forever. Plastic does not biodegrade because it is new to the environment and bacteria have not evolved to break down the carbon-carbon links found in plastic. Plastic can constantly be broken down into smaller bits but will always remain there!
Here are seven ways you can make a difference.
- Reduce Your Use of Single-Use Plastics.
- Recycle Properly.
- Participate In (or Organize) a Beach or River Cleanup.
- Support Bans.
- Avoid Products Containing Microbeads.
- Spread the Word.
- Support Organizations Addressing Plastic Pollution.