Microplastics Footprint










The

Microplastics Footprint is the amount of primary and virtual microplastics

that is introduced into the environment by a product. This includes

all steps of the product life cycle and all components of the product

.
The

Microplastics Footprint of a product

includes the

microplastic inputs into the environment from production, processing, packaging, transportation, use, and disposal

.

It is the sum of

virtual microplastics

and

primary microplastics

.

Secondary microplastics

, which may be generated by decomposition and decay due to improper disposal in the environment, are not considered. The

Microplastics Footprint

can be determined for individual products as well as for companies.


Quick fact check: "microplastic-free"

Even products labeled

"microplastics-free"

in the vast majority of cases have a

Microplastics Footprint

. For example, a scrub itself may be free of primary microplastics, but the use of plastics in its production and packaging creates

virtual microplastics

. It can be assumed that every product, even if it does not contain microplastics at first glance, has a Microplastics Footprint.