NOAA study of plastics on NPS shoreline

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NOAA study of plastics on NPS shoreline

Post by johnhens » Mon May 14, 2018 6:24 pm

Study of plastic particles on NPS beaches.
https://marinedebris.noaa.gov/sites/def ... eaches.pdf


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Re: NOAA study of plastics on NPS shoreline

Post by Midwest Ed » Mon May 14, 2018 9:46 pm

Time to give up the Fleece? :roll: Maybe just quit washing it? :shock:

I always thought the organic compounds released from various synthetic materials were far more dangerous than the micro-particles. I know the focus is on various life forms that ingest the micro-particles so I guess it's good we don't eat the sand. Also good to know that the standard backpacking filter should remove the micro-particles. They typically use a 1.5 micro filter to recover particles for study so the minimum 0.4 micron standard for drinking water should be good. Interesting how Lake Superior fared compared to other places although I'd be more concerned about the pollution from mine tailing runoff (mercury, arsenic, asbestos, etc.).

And then there's this recent discovery...
Mutated plastic munching enzyme is accidentally created
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Re: NOAA study of plastics on NPS shoreline

Post by johnhens » Fri May 18, 2018 4:41 am

I wonder if this is the reason my filter (MSR Miniworks) clogs when filtering seemingly clear water from Superior.

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Re: NOAA study of plastics on NPS shoreline

Post by hooky » Mon May 21, 2018 9:15 am

Midwest Ed wrote:
Mon May 14, 2018 9:46 pm
Time to give up the Fleece? :roll: Maybe just quit washing it? :shock:

I always thought the organic compounds released from various synthetic materials were far more dangerous than the micro-particles. I know the focus is on various life forms that ingest the micro-particles so I guess it's good we don't eat the sand. Also good to know that the standard backpacking filter should remove the micro-particles. They typically use a 1.5 micro filter to recover particles for study so the minimum 0.4 micron standard for drinking water should be good. Interesting how Lake Superior fared compared to other places although I'd be more concerned about the pollution from mine tailing runoff (mercury, arsenic, asbestos, etc.).

And then there's this recent discovery...
Mutated plastic munching enzyme is accidentally created
We decided to stop buying fleece after reading this. https://www.outsideonline.com/2091876/p ... -pollutant

I still have fleece that I wear, but I'm trying to wear it less (and wash it less) and have been trying to acquire wool to fill void. It's just a drop in the bucket, but it's something I guess. At least I feel a little better.

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