A pilot study showed that infants are pooping microplastics that are 10 times more than the amount detected in the stools of adults. Scientists are investigating indoor dust as one of the possible routes of microplastics.
Scientists recently learned that sunlight can also chemically transform plastics into a soup of new chemicals that no longer resemble the original product, which could be more sinister than microplastics that persist forever in the environment.
Researchers at the University of Queensland found that uncooked rice may contain 3-4 milligrams of microplastics in every 100 grams. A scientist said that washing rice could reduce plastics by 20% to 40%.
Scientists found evidence of microplastics in the remote, and pristine area of the Vatnajokull glacier in Iceland, Europe's largest ice cap. This confirms that microplastics can be distributed through the atmosphere.
One of the persisting problems that threaten marine life is the virtually endless marine litter floating in the ocean - and a new tracking tool could help monitor where this debris comes from and where they are headed.
Oil and natural gas-derived plastics relatively cause the simplest environmental damage as plastics are inclined to persist in the environment for a longer period while resulting in other environmental effects.
In a shocking revelation, scientists published a study that claims they found microplastics inside the placenta. Although they said that with the type of food humans eat nowadays it might not be shocking at all.
Waste pickers, or workers that collect plastic waste, have a significant impact on reducing plastic pollution. Twenty years from now, the 'business as usual' scenario will result in over a billion tons of plastic in the air, land, and sea if human behavior will not change.