Plastics can concentrate toxic pollutants, endangering Marine Ecosystems, 08 May 2013 11:21

Plastic debris is a serious environmental concern, as a physical pollutant as well as a chemical pollutant when it breaks down in the marine environment. A new study has now shown that plastics can also concentrate other pollutants, with significantly higher concentrations of toxic pollutants adhering to soft, rubbery plastics, rather than hard, glassy plastics. Marine species, including fish and birds, are known to ingest particles of plastic debris in the ocean. If animals consume plastic particles that bind other chemical pollutants, there is an added risk for greater accumulation of toxins in the food chain via anthropogenic debris.

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