You might have heard of the Great Pacific Garbage patch, and if so you are probably aware of a whole host of issues stemming from the use of plastics in modern developed society, and of the extent of their presence in our natural environment. Microplastics especially have given us much reason to worry.
Microplastics, are fragments of plastic smaller than 5 millimeters, they can be specks of glitter, which are created at that size in the factory, or broken down pieces of larger plastics, like plastic bags or bottles, which often get torn to pieces by wind and waves in the ocean.
In a normal human habitat, microplastics are inescapable, especially an urban one. They are in the water, the food, the clothing we wear (this is often a source of microplastics in fact) and even in the air that we breath. Although they present only a very mild health risk, most people still aren’t comfortable having them around. When it comes to our oceans however, the damage to its natural beauty is obvious, and the damage to marine life, though less obvious, can be a lot more dangerous than what it does to us.