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Microplastics: In our blood


As per the new study, with our every breath, we may be inhaling substantial quantities of microplastics that eventually flow into our blood and accumulate in our organs.

  • Previously, it was reported that as much as 74 tonnes of microplastics fell from the air and settled on rooftops, gardens and other surfaces in Auckland, New Zealand in 2020, suggesting the possibility of microplastic mists and clouds existing in the atmosphere
  • Microplastics are tiny pieces of plastic that are less than 5 millimetres in length.
  • Global Initiatives:
    • Global Partnership on Marine Litter (GPML) to develop policies to control marine litter and pollution
    • GloLitter Partnerships Project was launched by the IMO and FAO to prevent marine plastic litter from shipping and fisheries
    • London Convention, 1972: To control all sources of marine pollution and prevent pollution of the sea
    • Plastic Pact (2018) to transform the plastics packaging value chain for all formats and products