But their waste is a drop in the bucket compared to what we produce today. In 2015, people produced 420 million tons of plastic, compared to just £ 2 million in 1950. Worse, in that 65-year period, we managed to use and dispose of 6 billion tons that are now in landfills or in nature lie. where it is broken down into nanoparticles. In 2019, scientists found that even in remote parts of the Pyrenees, microplastics fall from the sky every day at a rate of 365 particles per square meter. It literally rains plastic even in the most remote corners of the world.
But not only those of us who stand outside with their mouths open and catch plastic snowflakes on our tongues are picking up on it. Many of these particles arise much closer to home. Fleece jackets and other clothing made of synthetic fabrics (i.e., a type of plastic) shed microfibers every time they are washed. In your washing machine, these tiny plastic lint get into the drain and into the environment. Eventually they get into the waterways and then into the fish we eat.
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