Plastics and the Environment

How mussels can reduce the impact of microplastics

Microplastics are ingested by fish, birds and zooplankton. Image: Pixabay/sergeitokmakov

Niklas Gustafsson

Secretary to the Board, Volvo Environment Prize Foundation

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Microplastics are tiny particles less than 5mm in size, most often smaller than 1mm – that end up in our seas, contaminating beach sediments and being ingested by birds and sea creatures.
Microplastics are tiny particles less than 5mm in size, most often smaller than 1mm – that end up in our seas, contaminating beach sediments and being ingested by birds and sea creatures. Image: Pixabay/mirkosajkov

Microplastics from the ocean are put under the microscope in the lab.
Microplastics from the ocean are put under the microscope in the lab. Image: Volvo Group

Mussels may hold the key to helping remove harmful microplastics from our oceans.
Mussels may hold the key to helping remove harmful microplastics from our oceans. Image: Pixabay/donieve
Niklas Gustafsson, Secretary to the Board, Volvo Environment Prize Foundation

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