29. November 2022

Impact of microplastics on wildlife

Microplastics are a pervasive environmental pollutant affecting wildlife, ecosystem, and human health. Microplastics can be consumed at all trophic levels and transmitted along the food chain, resulting in numerous long-term detrimental impacts on wildlife and ecosystems across the world. We have gone through recent, state of the art research that has been done on microplastic impacts on wildlife in terrestrial, freshwater, and marine ecosystems, and summarize some of the main points in this blog.
10. November 2022

Microplastics and human health

Microplastics have been detected in human blood, lungs, and the placenta of unborn babies. Widespread exposure of humans to microplastics is undeniable. Understanding the impacts of microplastics (< 5 mm) and nano-plastics (< 1 µm) on environmental and human health and the identification of critical thresholds and characterization of hazards, are thus important steps towards effective microplastic management. This article looks at where our knowledge of microplastic impacts on human health currently stands, and the challenges faced.
4. May 2022

Education space WASoMI is online

How do polymers turn into plastic products, plastic waste or microplastics? What is the difference between primary and secondary microplastics? When was polyethylene invented? And what are elastomers? Answers to these and many other questions can be found in our new digital-real education space for waters without microplastics WASoMI (in German WASser ohne MIkroplastik = WASoMI) - open to everyone, free of charge and without advertising.