Microplastics = TOO LATE !

Definition :

  • Size smaller than 5mm
  • Found absolutely everywhere
  • Impossible to collect once in the environment

Where do they come from :

  • The primary microplastics :

Directly produced as microparticles.

0.95 Million tonnes are produced every year such as :

270 000 tonnes come from the erosion of tyres

230 000 come from plastic pellets

190 000 tonnes come from textile and are liberated in washing-machines by synthetic clothes.

  • The Secondary microplastics :

Produced by fragmentation of macroplastics.

The fragmentation of marine plastics is an important part of the input.

This is where we can act ... before macroplastics disagregate into microplastics ! 

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