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At the meeting of the Consultative parties to the Antarctic Treaty in Prague public figures called on the country to abandon the use of scientific stations on the soap, gel and creams, which is composed of microplastics. It is reported RIA Novosti with reference to the representative of Russia in the Coalition for the conservation of southern ocean and Antarctic Elena Jarkova.
According to her, the tiny plastic particles polluting waters of the southern ocean and Antarctica. They are contained not only in pastes, creams and Soaps used by scientists and tourists, but also for products made of fleece material — it turns out microplastics in the environment after washing.
“When you consider that thousands of scientists are in the Antarctic stations constantly and 40 thousand people visit the region as tourists, it is a heavy load for the unspoilt nature of Antarctica,” said Zharkov.
She added that countries for research stations recommended to purchase Soaps, shampoos and toothpaste that do not contain plastic and also put a capture filter on the washing machine. “How people in Antarctica will cope with microplastics, will be an example for the whole world, because the problem is global scale,” she said.
The microplastics are the result of disintegration of plastic products. In size it is similar to plankton, so they often become food for fish, birds, marine mammals, and is the cause of their death. Pellets micro-plastic does not decompose in the environment, they are impossible to recycle.
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