Fact Sheet: Microplastics 101
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- Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA)
- Regional project
- Country project
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- Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee on Plastic Pollution - Technical Resource for Pacific Island Courtiers
(Publications under review and may be updated prior to 30 September)
The ever-increasing discharges and accumulation of microplastics in the environment is a serious global concern. Microplastics are found in polar ice caps, at the top of mountains, in soil, freshwater systems, and all ocean basins, from the surface to the deep sea. Ocean life is particularly vulnerable to exposure to, ingestion of and the damaging effects of microplastic pollution, given the ubiquitous nature of microplastics.
Resolution 5/14 of the United Nations Environment Assembly was clear that “plastic pollution includes microplastics,” placing microplastic pollution squarely within the remit of the new international legally binding instrument (ILBI) to end plastic pollution.