A new method to detect microplastics

11.10.2019

This new method is non-destructive and simpler than other similar methods.

Researchers from CRC CARE (Contamination Assessment and Remediation of the Environment)  have developed a new method to detect microplastics in the ground using infrared light and powerful visualisation software.                                                 

Dr. Mallavarapu, a Professor of Environmental Biotechnology at the University of Newcastle's Global Centre for Environmental Remediation, says this new method is non-destructive, simpler than other similar methods, and can work for soil, sand, water and even biosolids. 

We are contaminating the ground, the oceans, our eco-systems, and ourselves. The main problem is that plastic is a nearly indestructible material. It does not biodegrade, but it breaks down into millions of microplastic particles. Each of us has the power to make a change thanks to the PlanetCare Microfibre Filter, which can be easily attached to your washing machine to catch microfibres. 

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