Plastics in the Great Lakes

Tons of plastics enter the Great Lakes every year – where does it go?

Matthew J. Hoffman & Christy Tyler, Rochester Institute of Technology

Awareness is rising worldwide about the scourge of ocean plastic pollution, from Earth Day 2018 events to the cover of National Geographic magazine. But few people realize that similar concentrations of plastic pollution are accumulating in lakes and rivers. One recent study found microplastic particles – fragments measuring less then five millimeters – in globally sourced tap water and beer brewed with water from the Great Lakes.

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