Breaking the mould in microplastics
Microplastics can be found wherever we choose to look, from remote Arctic locations to marine organisms and the air we breathe. So far, there is no body of evidence that clearly demonstrates there is a negative effect on human health or the environment. However, microplastics continue to be generated, are persistent in the environment and research is ongoing as to their impact.
It is a widely shared view that allowing plastic waste to build up in the environment is not a good idea. A holistic approach to the evaluation of plastic use is needed, taking into account wider issues such as reducing emissions, reducing water usage, minimising the use of pesticides etc.
Our sustainability team has outlined what defines microplastics, where they come from, when and why they are a problem, and the forward-looking view on the responsibilities and actions that surround them. What action needs to be taken, when and by who?