Microplastics Meandering in Air: Are They Alarming?

Title: Microplastics Meandering in Air: Are They Alarming?​
Publication Type: Factsheets
Year of Publication: 2023
Abstract:The dependence on plastic and its products, spanning over 50 years, has led to widespread usage due to its cost-effectiveness, durability, and adaptability. However, the surge in plastic manufacturing and consumption has resulted in a significant challenge of plastic waste management and pollution.  In 2004, the discovery of microplastics (MPs) in marine watermarked a new concern.This fact sheet delves into the discovery of atmospheric microplastics (AMPs), a relatively overlooked aspect compared to their presence in water and land ecosystems. Despite their potential to pollute urban, rural, and industrial air, there is a lack of attention to AMPs in policy frameworks and exposure assessments. The World Health Organization’s comprehensive analysis of MPs in drinking water does not adequately address inhalable MPs in ambient air. The fact sheet emphasizes the need for further research on the consequences and exposure concerns associated with AMPs. Additionally, it advocates for the development of standard methodologies for measuring AMPs to establish air quality standards.