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Paint Is The Largest Source Of Microplastics In The Ocean, Study Finds

Jamie Hailstone writes in Forbes on a new study on ocean microplastics.

The C3 Take
  • A new study from Swiss-based Environmental Action has found that particles of paint account for 58% of all microplastics in the ocean.
  • Previous research suggested that paint particles accounted for 9-21% of ocean microplastics.
  • Environmental Action estimates that 37% of paint leakage is a result of waste mismanagement and 18% is from wear and tear from shipping.

“Last year, a study by scientists from the University of Plymouth and the Marine Biological Association (MBA) concluded that flakes of paint could be one of the most abundant types of microplastic particles in the ocean. They estimated that each cubic metre of seawater contained an average of 0.01 paint flakes.”

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