Microplastic pollution has previously been identified as a global issue through work by the International Marine Litter Research Unit (IMLRU). There is evidence of microplastic debris in some of Earth’s remotest locations, from the deep sea to the Artic. The team have also discovered that microplastics originate from multiple sources, including daily activities such as washing clothing and driving along a road.
Our team’s research and evidence has influenced both national and international legislation and policy. Their work continues to investigate the lasting impact that microplastic pollution has on marine biodiversity and organisms and uses a solutions-focused approach to preventing further damage to our precious planet.