Environment

FIRST SCIENTIFIC PAPER ON PLASTIC POLLUTION IN THE GREAT LAKES

FIRST SCIENTIFIC PAPER ON PLASTIC POLLUTION IN THE GREAT LAKES

The 5 Gyres Institute, in collaboration with researchers from SUNY Fredonia, have published the first micro-plastic pollution survey of the Great Lakes Region in the Marine Pollution Bulletin. Says 5 Gyres’ Dr. Marcus Eriksen, lead author on the paper, “We found high concentrations of micro-plastics, more than most ocean samples collected worldwide. These were of similar size, shape, texture and composition to plastic microbeads found in many consumer products used as exfoliants, giving us circumstantial evidence that these products, designed to be washed down the drain, are not adequately being captured by sewage treatment.”