Q. Consider the following statements regarding Microplastics
1. Microplastics are plastics that are less than 5 millimetres in size
2. These are bio-degradable plastics
Which of the above statements is/are correct?
Recently a Delhi-based non-profit Toxic Link stated that the Ganga is heavily polluted with microplastics at Varanasi, Haridwar and Kanpur.
Microplastics are plastics that are less than 5 millimetres in size but are a major source of marine pollution. They are non-degradable plastics.
Some examples are,
- Polyacetylene is used as a doping agent in the electronics industry.
- Polypropylene is also used in packaging, plastic sheets, fibre, fabrics, rope, etc.
- PIP is mainly used in footwear and baby bottle nipples.
- Polyamide, commonly known as nylon, is used as a natural fibre and as metal wires in clothing and industry.
Source: Down To Earth