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Startup developing reusable laundry sheet to remove microplastics

Waterloo - Microfibers have become a serious threat to our drinking water, and while no studies on their impact on human health have been done, a group of entrepreneurs has come up with something that looks like a dryer sheet that attracts and removes the fibers.

Removing microplastics from tap water starts at treatment plants

As we have learned, plastic pollution is not just a problem affecting our oceans. We are now ingesting tiny bits of plastic in our tap water. So this problem leaves but one question - Is there a solution?

Microplastics in drinking water — Huge problem needing a solution

A new study looked at microplastics in drinking water in 14 countries globally. Besides giving us information on how widely spread these microplastics really are, the study also highlights the need for added studies on possible human health risks.

Microplastics risk from washing machines flagged

Geneva - Plastic pollution of the oceans has been highlighted as a significant ecological concern, with billions of pieces of plastic floating in the oceans. A new concern are the ‘microfibers’ released from clothing when washed in domestic washing machines.

Sea salt is contaminated with micro plastics, study finds

An analysis of 16 brands of sea salt originating from eight different countries found all but one contained traces of micro plastics

Cozy clothes and yoga pants — Key source of ocean pollution

Key Largo - Yoga pants, Patagonia's cozy jackets, sweat-wicking athletic wear and other types of comfortable clothing all have one thing in common — these items are emerging as a major source of pollution in our waterways, lakes and oceans.

Investigation launched on the impact of microplastics

London - Microplastic particles are consumed by marine life as a result of human pollution. In turn, the particles may pose a health risk to humans. This concern is sufficient to trigger a research study.

Micro-plastics from body scrubs found polluting the Great Lakes

Many of us scrutinize over the labels when we buy our food, but do many of us think about what’s in our cosmetics and personal hygiene products? A study has found a worrisome amount of plastic beads in the Great Lakes that originate from body scrubs.

Unseen dangers from the Japanese tsunami may linger for decades

The debris from the tsunami which struck eastern Japan two years ago today could still be washing up on the western seaboard of Canada and the United States decades from now with, as yet, unknown consequences for marine life.
 

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The Dalecarlia Water Treatment Plant located at 5900 MacArthur Boulevard  NW in the Palisades neighb...
The Dalecarlia Water Treatment Plant located at 5900 MacArthur Boulevard, NW in the Palisades neighborhood of Washington, D.C. The facility is part of the Washington Aqueduct, a National Historic Landmark.
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Filtered particles from Arctic sea ice. Photo credit: Y.-Q. Wong and A. Khitun/Dartmouth College.
Filtered particles from Arctic sea ice. Photo credit: Y.-Q. Wong and A. Khitun/Dartmouth College.
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Even our sea salt contains microplastics.
Salt farmers harvesting salt  Pak Thale  Ban Laem  Phetcha...
Even our sea salt contains microplastics. Salt farmers harvesting salt, Pak Thale, Ban Laem, Phetchaburi, Thailand.
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At least 83 percent of our tap water contains microplastics.
At least 83 percent of our tap water contains microplastics.
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