Microplastics a growing problem

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We all know there is a problem with plastics pollution which ends up in our seas affecting its inhabitants. It not only ends up in the sea but on our shorelines even in most remote of areas. We did an article not too long ago about a research team from Portsmouth University. They had created an enzyme that ate away at plastic bottles at 4X the rate. However, there is an even bigger problem that is less well known is microplastics. A new study out that estimates that it is littering our sea beds to an unacceptable level.

Plastic breaks down into microplastics and there is a worry as estimates project. That it will get even larger of a problem in tonnage terms in the coming years. The biggest worry is what it will do to us as humans through the food chain.

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