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Microplastics in Sand

Microplastics are plastic materials smaller than 5mm in length and are often not easily visible to the human eye. Microplastics have been found in our food, water and air.  The source of microplastic is the breakdown of macroplastics and the nurdles used to create these macroplastic items. Areas with large amounts of microplastics may be directly correlated to macroplastic accumulation areas on our beaches impacted by weather winds and currents.

We have a research focus to measure the amount of microplastics in the sand on our beaches to determine the amount of plastic contamination that is present. Volunteers can easily be taught to carry out these surveys on our beaches.

We offer a 1hr lecture “Microplastics in our Food, Water and Air” that discusses the problem, and provides hands-on examples of the microplastic problem. We also discuss how we can use volunteers to obtain samples and provide data for this investigation.

Final Mudflat Acidification Infographic.