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GLRPPR Sector Resource: Microplastics in consumer products and in the marine environment

Title:
Microplastics in consumer products and in the marine environment

Abstract:
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.

URL:
http://c.ymcdn.com/sites/www.americancanoe.org/resource/resmgr/SPP-documents/5_Gyres_Position_Paper_on_Mi.pdf

Source:
5 Gyres Institute; Plastic Soup Foundation; Surfrider Foundation; Plastic Free Seas; Clean Seas Coalition

Resource Type:
Article/report

Date of Publication:
2013

Associated Sectors:

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