Plastics. Microplastics. The single greatest polluter our oceans are facing. Significantly heightened talk of our ‘plastic problem’ and ‘the ever-evolving harm to our oceans’ have sparked much concern in recent years.
Wait, so what are microplastics? “Microplastics are small pieces of plastic, less than 5 mm (0.2 inch) in length, that occur in the environment as a consequence of plastic pollution”, according to Britannica.
So where do they come from? What’s their real harm? Let’s first talk about plastic, in a general sense.