Filter-feeding organisms often consume microplastics where they enter the food chain. According to some estimates there are around 5 trillion pieces of plastic floating in the world's oceans.
Clothing (synthetic fiber)
Breakdown of larger plastics
ImpactPlastic takes between 50 and 600 years to breakdownThe breakdown of plastic releases chemicals into waterwaysPlastic may threaten species, including small species that are the basis of the ocean food chain. Plastic enters the food chain at the lowest levels where it may impact the health of all ocean species and humans.
Potential SolutionsCapture and recycling at sewage treatment facilities Reduction of waste from marine transport and commercial fishing.Use of natural scrubbers such as crushed almonds in cosmetic products.Use of plant based biodegradable plastics for industrial scrubbing.Natural fibers in clothingCollecting and recycling macro plastic debris in oceans
Small plastic particles that enter the environment, particularly waterways and oceans where they become part of the food chain.