Magnets, vacuums and tiny nets: the new fight against microplastics

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Tiny plastics are turning up in the air, our drinking water and our placentas. Here’s how innovators are handling the crisis

When it comes to microplastics, there’s rarely good news. Researchers continue to find the tiny plastic fragments everywhere they look.

Microplastics have been found in rain, Arctic ice cores, inside the fish we eat, as well as in fruit and vegetables. New research suggests 136,000 tons of microplastics are ejected from the ocean each year, ending up in the air we breathe. They are in human placentas, our wastewater, and our drinking water.

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