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Garbage carried by the Pacific Ocean — mostly plastic — piles up on the coast of Jakarta, Indonesia, June 21, 2019.

Scientists have created magnetic coils thinner than a human hair that could break down plastic in the ocean

There are more than 5 trillion pieces of plastic in the ocean. A new type of experimental nanotech could help break down microplastics.
Fionn Ferreira won the 2019 Google Science Fair.

An 18-year-old has found a way to use ‘magnetic liquid’ invented by NASA to remove harmful microplastics from water

At age 18, Fionn Ferreira developed a method for removing harmful plastic particles using a liquid invented by NASA.

You might be eating and drinking microplastics that weigh as much as a credit card every week: Study

Shellfish, beer and salt recorded the highest levels of plastic content, according to the World Wildlife Fund.

Americans accidentally eat 200 tiny pieces of towels, beads, and plastic foams every day. Here’s how worried you should be.

Microplastics are everywhere in our environment, including in the food we eat. It's a reminder that plastic messes with hormones in worrisome ways.
Glitter was banned from many festivals in the UK in 2018.

Glitter is terrible for the environment. Here’s why scientists want you to stop using it.

Glitter is a microplastic, so it's hard to get rid of and can be hazardous to marine life and the environment.

Scientists say toxic bacteria that could lead to wound infections and gastroenteritis were found on microplastics on Singapore’s coastline

All of these bacteria may be transferred up the food chain – to humans – if they are ingested by marine organisms.

Tiny plastic particles are polluting the deepest point in the ocean

Human-made plastic has polluted the deepest point of the world's ocean, a team of Chinese researchers recently found.

Over 90% of salt brands sampled globally contain microplastics – and the highest number comes from Asia

The highest quantities of microplastics were found in one Indonesian sea salt sample.
A grey mullet is shown next to microplastic found in Hong Kong waters during a Greenpeace news conference in Hong Kong, China, on April 23, 2018.

Scientists have found new evidence that tiny plastic particles might be accumulating in human feces

Austrian researchers have found evidence that tiny plastic particles — also known as microplastics — are in human feces.
A Florida man allegedly attacked two customers outside a McDonald's in St. Augustine.

McDonald’s is scrapping plastic straws in one of its biggest markets — and the US could be next

Paper straws, which are more environmentally friendly, will replace the plastic ones starting in September. The ban on plastic straws comes as a result of a series of successful trials in certain outlets — and they will soon start in the US, France, and Norway.