Fibrous microplastic found in seawater in the Arctic Ocean (provided by the research team)

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Fibrous microplastic found in seawater in the Arctic Ocean (provided by the research team)

A Canadian research team announced on the 12th that there are a large amount of fibrous microplastics “microplastics” in the seawater of the Arctic Ocean. Approximately 90% of the microplastics found are derived from chemical fibers such as polyester, and the team warned that “drainage from washing clothes at home may lead to pollution of the world’s oceans.”

The team analyzed seawater collected in 2016 at various locations in the Arctic Ocean. A large amount of fibrous microplastics with an average length of about 1 mm was found, and it was estimated that an average of about 40 pieces were contained per cubic meter of seawater. Most of them were chemical fibers, and about 70% were polyester.