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Microplastics – and why are they harmful?

What are microplastics? Microplastics are pieces of plastic less than 5mm in diameter. They can be primary microplastics, which are tiny particles designed for cosmetics or shed from textiles such as clothing and fishing nets; or they can be secondary microplastics, which are produced when larger plastic items such as water bottles break down due to solar radiation or ocean water. Secondary microplastics result from ‘degradable’ plastics: read our article here on the difference between degradable, biodegradable, and compostable. Chemical ...
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