Regulation of single-use plastics

UN Environment releases report on global ‘regulatory landscape’ for single-use plastics and microplastics in 192 countries, calls for more consolidation in policies worldwide

ECHA: Microplastics likely end up in soil and freshwater

ECHA’s risk assessment finds intentionally added microplastics more likely to accumulate in terrestrial and freshwater environments than in oceans

Safety of microplastic in bottled water

Literature-based risk assessment of microplastic in bottled mineral water finds no safety concerns for consumers from particles or small chemicals therein

Persistence as cause of concern

Scientists review environmental implications of high persistence, argue that ‘highly persistent chemicals should be regulated on the basis of their persistence alone,’ regardless of bioaccumulation and toxicity propertie

Microplastics in aquatic environment

Microplastics2018 conference addresses sources, fate, effects of microplastics in waste water and aquatic ecosystems

BfR: More research and data on microplastics needed

German risk assessment institute responds to Austrian stool study in communication addressing health risks from ingesting microplastics

Microplastics in human stool

Scientists detect microplastics in every human stool sample collected in eight countries, call for further research to better understand influence on gastrointestinal health

Consumers concerned about microplastics

More than half of German population concerned about microplastics in food, according to survey by German risk assessment institute; 45% worried about aluminum in food packaging

Microplastics in food-grade salts

New study finds microplastics in 90% of tested salt brands worldwide; microplastic contamination of sea salts correlates with plastic pollution in surrounding seawater

Microplastics affect gut function and microbiota

Scientists find chronic exposure of mice to polystyrene microplastics affects intestinal barrier function, gut microbiota composition, metabolic indices