Policies to Reduce Microplastics Pollution in Water

Focus on Textiles and Tyres

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Microplastics are ubiquitous in the natural environment. This report synthesises the current state of knowledge on the sources, fate and risks of microplastics pollution. It then focuses on two sources of microplastics pollution, textile products and vehicle tyres, due to their substantial contribution to global microplastics emissions and currently largely absent policy frameworks to mitigate them.

Several best practices and technological solutions can be implemented along the lifecycle of textile products and vehicle tyres to mitigate releases to the environment. The report proposes policy insights on measures and strategies that could help minimise microplastics emitted unintentionally from products and their potential impacts on human health and ecosystems.



La pollution par les microplastiques fait partie des nouveaux problèmes d’environnement les plus répandus. Les océans, les masses d’eau douce, les sols et l’air sont aujourd’hui largement contaminés par ces minuscules morceaux de plastique qui, une fois dans l’environnement, peuvent se morceler en fragments plus petits encore et s’avèrent très persistants. Du plancton aux grands mammifères, les espèces aquatiques sont couramment exposées aux microplastiques, qu’elles ingèrent ou inhalent, et il en va de même des êtres humains.

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