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Microplastics Studies

Microplastics Research at Environment and Health

Contact: Dr. Heather Leslie heather.leslie@vu.nl 

‘Microplastics’ is an emerging environmental contaminant consisting of particles of plastic that originate from a wide variety of sources. The materials in a microplastic particle can be one of the thousands of different plastic types on the market today. Some are fragments of larger plastic items that have broken into pieces; others are manufactured microbeads, granulates or plastic nanoparticles. Microplastics have been identified in the marine and freshwater environments, in biota, and in food for human consumption, such as honey.

Environment and Health (E&H) has taken a leading role in the study of microplastics in the Netherlands. E&H scientists lead and/or participate in projects at EU and international level as well. Some of the project activities are highlighted below.