Microplastic Key Facts

  • Microplastics are plastics that are smaller than 5 millimeters; that’s as small as a sesame seed.
  • Glitter is a source of microplastics and is being banned at some schools, per National Geographic.
  • Microplastics used to be in products such as toothpaste and facial cleansers, but the Microbead Free Water Act in 2015 made it illegal to have microbeads in such products now with new regulations being set by the FDA.
  • Fish are ingesting these microplastics, and it’s a problem for their health as well as the health of humans. There can be microplastics in the fish that you eat, per PBS.
  • “Mason and her colleagues have counted tens to hundreds of thousands of pieces of plastic per square mile of surface water in the Great Lakes, the world’s largest freshwater system.”, per PBS.