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Microplastic In The Great Lakes and In You



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The next time you brush your teeth or wash your face you may be contributing to adding plastic into the Great Lakes. Back in 2012 the New York Times reported that microplastics were identified as a serious threat to the Great Lakes ecosystem. As of now there is no way to stop the plastic contamination from products with microplastics from entering the watershed.

"Microplastics are really concerning because so many fish or marine species ingest them," Wallace said. "Especially for human health, it's something we're thinking about. If we eat those fish that eat those microplastics, what does that mean?" -- Dr. Lorena Rios Mendoza

What may be a bigger factor is our clothing. Fibers fall off our clothing everytime we launder them. These microfibers get past waste treatment and into our water system. 


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