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What’s in your Bathroom campaign 25 November 2019

Microplastics, microbeads and single–use plastics poisoning sea life and affecting humans (via UN News)

 

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Each year, an estimated eight million tonnes of plastic end up in the ocean – equivalent to a full garbage truck dumped into the sea every minute – the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has said.

Between 60 to 90 per cent of the litter that accumulates on shorelines, the surface and the sea floor is made up of plastic. 

The most common items are cigarette butts, bags, and food and beverage containers. Consequently, marine litter harms over 800 marine species, 15 of which are endangered. And plastic consumed by marine species enters the human food chain through fish consumption. 

Alarmingly, in the last 20 years, the proliferation of microplastics, microbeads and single–use plastics have made this problem even more pronounced. 

Most people associate marine plastic pollution with what they can see along coastlines or floating on sea surfaces. But microplastics and microbeads pose a hidden challenge as they are out of sight and, therefore, out of mind.

“What’s in Your Bathroom?” is a campaign from UNEP to raise awareness on the harm caused by plastics in personal care products and shifts that can be made to reduce plastic footprints.

Read more via UN News