Tag Archive for 'microplastic'

Supermarket plastic bags do not help protect our precious sea life

January 24th, 2013 by Richard Lord

Five pence may not seen like much money to pay for the convenience of a thin-film plastic shopping bag but in a resource constrained world avoiding this superfluous purchase has many benefits. Supermarket plastic bags that are purchased are usually used for a very short time, and although they can be reused, most end up […]

Beaches receive microplastic from machine washing synthetic fabrics

January 29th, 2012 by University College Dublin

Microplastic, polyester and acrylic particles of less than one millimetre in size, released from synthetic fabrics during machine washing, is contaminating the world’s shorelines. According to a study led by Dr Mark Anthony Browne now with the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) in Santa Barbara, California, over 1,900 fibres can wash off […]

Marine plastic pollution is a main emerging issue in the 2011 UNEP Year Book

February 21st, 2011 by United Nations Environment Programme

One of the two main emerging issues highlighted in the Year Book 2011 is a need for more intensified research on the impact of plastics entering the oceans. There is growing concern over the impact of billions of pieces of plastic, both large and small, on the health of the global marine environment. New research […]