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UNEP | Inside the Clean Seas campaign against microplastics

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From the deepest points of the ocean to the food and water we consume, microplastics are a growing threat to human and planetary health.

These tiny plastic particles are present in everyday items, including cigarettes, clothing and cosmetics. United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP’s) research shows that continuous use of some of these products increases microplastics’ accumulation in the environment.

Microplastics, which can be up to five millimetres in diameter, enter the ocean from marine plastic litter breaking down, run-off from plumbing, leakage from production facilities and other sources.


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