Government pledges £200,000 on microplastics research

DEFRA has pledged £200,000 to the University of Plymouth to research how sources of microplastics enter the UK's oceans.

Microbeads in toothpaste.
Microbeads have already been banned in products such as exfoliating scrubs, shower gels and toothpastes

DEFRA has pledged £200,000 to the University of Plymouth to research how sources of microplastics enter the UK's oceans.

The project will analyse the impact of tyres and clothing on the marine environment. This will include plastic particles from tyres, synthetic materials such as polyester and fishing gear including nets, ropes and lines.

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