GLRPPR Sector Resource: Microplastics in consumer products and in the marine environment
Microplastics in consumer products and in the marine environment
Many consumer products sold in the United States and around the world contain microplastic particles as abrasives and exfoliants. In most cases, these microplastic particles are intended to be washed
down the drain after use, where many sewage treatment facilities are incapable of capturing them. They are polluting our waterways. Microplastic particles are found in all oceanic gyres, bays, gulfs and seas worldwide, and recent evidence has found microplastics, including polyethylene microbeads, in the Great Lakes of North America.
5 Gyres Institute; Plastic Soup Foundation; Surfrider Foundation; Plastic Free Seas; Clean Seas Coalition
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