Plastic pellet pollution is a problem that is not just specific to Hong Kong – other regions of the world are affected as well. Research performed by the environmental group the 5 Gyres Institute has found particularly high levels of microbeads in the Great Lakes region, with an average of 43,000 particles per square kilometre. This is higher than most oceans worldwide. The highest concentration of pellet pollution was found in Lake Erie, where 90 per cent of all the found plastics were located. Marcus Eriksen, Research Director of the 5 Gyres Institute, once caught a Rainbow Runner with 17 plastic particles in its gut! One day soon, we may be eating our own trash when we consume these “plastic fish”.
Learn more here: http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2014/06/how-face-wash-pollutes-water/372923/
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