“Not a single river in England is free from pollution”

Just 14% of English rivers meet “good ecological status”, according to the Environmental Audit Committee

Industry slams PM’s phrase “recycling is not the answer”

The Recycling Association said Boris Johnson has “completely lost the plastic plot”

Can babies be harmed by plastic pollution before birth?

Laboratory tests show microplastics could reach the placenta and affect the health of mothers and babies

Balls of seagrass could help kick microplastics out of the sea

Seagrass forms balls that have the potential to capture 867 million pieces of plastic annually

Highways England to study link between road water and microplastics

It is expected to help the government company to better understand the scale of the issue, the nature of the problem and identify any further detailed research to inform changes to its current policy or design standards

High levels of microplastics are ‘released from infant-feeding bottles’

Under certain conditions, kettles and infant-feeding bottles could release up to 16.2 million polypropylene microplastics per litre, according to a report

Almost 14m tonnes of microplastics ‘cover the global ocean floor’

The amount of microplastics recorded was 25 times higher than previous underwater studies, according to a report

‘Parts of the Thames see 94,000 microplastic particles flow through water every second’

Three separate studies have found high levels of microplastics are impacting the river, seriously affecting its inhabitants, habitats, water column and shoreline

‘More than 1,000 metric tonnes of microplastics rain down on US parks every year’

Shocking 4% of particles in air were microplastics mainly from fibres in clothing

‘Only 1% of the plastic waste in the world’s oceans is immediately visible’

That’s the warning from Elda Miramontes. Junior Professor of Sedimentology at the University of Bremen