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Microplastics – News and Features

A collection of tyres.

New Method Detects Tire Toxins in Rivers

Scientists at the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (UKCEH) have developed a robust method for detecting whether a toxic chemical used in car tyres is present in rivers, streams and lakes, and measuring its concentrations.
Plastic straws turn into smaller and smaller pieces.

Study Finds Microplastics in Every Human Placenta Tested

A new study has found microplastics in every human placenta the researchers tested, raising concern about the effect of environmental microplastics on human health.
A mug of tea.

From PFAS to Microplastics, What Might Be Leaking Out of Your Teabag?

Depending on the brand, your favorite cup of tea could be contaminated with billions of microplastics and/or traces of per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).
Fish swimming in microplastics.

Scientists Develop Eco-Friendly “Magnet” To Battle Microplastics

A multi-college study will help rid waters of harmful plastics, resulting in a transformative pathway for decreasing pollution in the world’s aquatic ecosystem.
Fish swimming among microplastics.

Ocean Nanoplastics Identified for the First Time

Millions of tons of plastic waste enter the oceans each year. The sun’s ultraviolet light and ocean turbulence break down these plastics into invisible nanoparticles that threaten marine ecosystems.
Tyres stacked on top of each other.

Microplastics From Tyres Are Threatening Aquatic Environments

A team of researchers, led by experts from the University of Exeter and the University of Plymouth, has looked at the chronic toxicity of particles and chemical leachates found on a series of popular tyre brands.
Water runs into cupped hands.

Injectable Water Filtration System Could Improve Access to Clean Drinking Water

A new portable water filtration system easily decontaminates water from streams and rivers to improve access to clean drinking water in remote or underdeveloped regions.
Microplastics in the ocean.

How Far Microplastics Travel Depends on Their Shape

How far microplastics travel in the atmosphere depends crucially on particle shape. While spherical particles settle quickly, microplastic fibers might travel as far as the stratosphere.
Water being poured from a plastic bottle into a glass.

Bottled Water Contains Thousands of Nanoplastics

For the first time, researchers have been able to count and identify nanoplastics – plastic particles measuring less than one micrometer in size – in samples taken from bottled water.
Group of bluefin tuna swimming in the ocean.
Industry Insight

Cell Line Development Is Transforming the Future of Seafood Production

Explore how advances in food cultivation techniques make safer food alternatives possible while allowing marine wildlife to remain in the ocean to restore and replenish their populations.