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    21st Aug, 2020
  • According to recent study Maldives beaches have the most Micro plastics in the world.
  • These are small pieces of plastic, less than 5 mm in length, that occur in the environment as a consequence of plastic pollution.
  • The debris can be of any size and shape, but those which are less than 5 mm in length (or about the size of a sesame seed) are called micro plastics.
  • Micro plastics come from a variety of sources, including from larger plastic debris that degrades into smaller and smaller pieces.
  • In addition, micro beads, a type of Micro plastic, are very tiny pieces of manufactured polyethylene plastic that are added as exfoliants to health and beauty products.
  • The problem with micro plastics is that, like plastic items of any size, they do not readily break down into harmless molecules.
  • Plastics can take hundreds or thousands of years to decompose and in the meantime, wreak havoc on the environment.
  • On beaches, micro plastics are visible as tiny multi-coloured plastic bits in sand.

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