Plastics make our lives easier in many ways and are often lighter or less expensive than alternative materials. However, if they are not properly disposed of or recycled, they will end up in the environment, remaining for centuries while degrading into smaller pieces. These small pieces (typically smaller than 5 mm) called microplastics are nowadays one of the environment’s biggest threats.
What are microplastics?
Micrplastics are solid plastic particles composed of mixtures of polymers, functional additives and sometimes residual impurities. They can be unintentionally formed when larger pieces of plastic, like car tyres or synthetic textiles, wear and tear. But they are also deliberately manufactured and added to products for specific purposes, such as exfoliating beads in facial or body scrubs.
How to help?
The best way to reduce the amount of plastic disposed of is to reduce its use.
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