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Microplastics are small plastic particles that are less than 5mm in size. They can come from a variety of sources, including the breakdown of larger plastic items, the shedding of synthetic fabrics, and the use of microbeads in personal care products.
While microplastics may be small, they can have a big impact on the environment. They can be ingested by marine life, which can lead to injury or death. They can also accumulate toxins, which can then be passed up the food chain to humans. In addition, microplastics can take hundreds of years to break down, meaning they can persist in the environment for a long time.
Learn more about the emerging landscape of microplastics pollution, the opportunities and new approaches that are gaining traction, and alternative materials in our latest Insight Report.