The plastic microspheres, are very small and are a problem that reaches a colossal proportions globally.
The microplastics are a real source of pollution on the ocean, which mainly pollutes the seas.
A silent threat that represents a serious problem for marine life, in addition to “plasticizing” our food and constitute one of the great critical points of the pollution of the planet
If the plastic waste causes a marine catastrophe of a huge magnitude, whose real consequences are still unknown, it is largely due to microplastics. In fact, the fact that they can be eaten so easily due to their very small size (they are millimeters) turns the problem into a real drama at the ecosystem level and also in the face of public health.
You can find these particles everywhere. To give an illustrative example, a recent study conducted by Peter Ross, a scientist at the Vancouver Aquarium, found in the water of the Straits of Georgia approximately 4000 particles of microplastics per cubic meter.
Seabirds also eat it regularly. According to a study by the National Academy of Sciences of the United States (NAS, for its acronym in English), practically all of them end up testing it. Many pay with their lives to do so, both when they cause accidents or choking, as well as by obstructing their digestive system and, of course, as a result of poisoning.
The alarming situation is not only the size of the problem, but the amount of microplastic that continues to occur, and the future is in no way hopeful. On the contrary, its production is exponential, and effective collection methods are pure utopia.
Hundreds of millions of tons of plastic are manufactured every year. Grosso modo, oceanic plastic waste exceeds 5 billion pieces of very different sizes, whose weight will exceed 150 million tons, according to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and the Five Gyres Institute of Los Angeles, United States.
Many of them are small, and surely microwaves counting one by one, those amounts would skyrocket. They are tiny pieces that are added to others that also end up breaking up and dissolving in the water with the passage of time, within their logical process of deterioration in the environment, although they did not end up degrading until after a thousand years.