January 2022

Microplastics Have a Big Impact

Jan 18, 2022 at 11:20am

What can we do to keep microplastics out of our water supply?

Microplastics are tiny pieces of plastic. They can come from any plastic items that end up in our waterways including plastic bottles, grocery bags, textile fabrics, and more. They also come from cleansers and toothpastes that use “microbeads” as an exfoliant. Microplastics are now being found in our water supply, including drinking water, tap water, and bottled water. 

So, what does the Mojave River Watershed Group recommend? 

First, and most important is to reduce our use of plastics, especially those that are single-use! We must also properly recycle and dispose of any plastic that we do use. We can stop using beauty or hygiene products that include microbeads. Purchasing clothing that is made of natural materials is also helpful! Lastly, we can air-dry our clothes to prevent synthetic fabrics from breaking down. 

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