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Study Finds 78% of Ocean Microplastics Come From Car Tires

The surprising study debunked the popular misconception that only single use plastics were responsible for microplastic pollution in the seas.

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A scientific study by Yale School of the Environment revealed that 78% of microplastics in our oceans come from car tires.

The surprising study debunked the popular misconception that only single use plastics were responsible for microplastic pollution in the seas. 

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The Inertia

What is Tire Dust?

The small, microscopic particles the car tires shed when they drive, are known as tire dust. The particles wear down from the vehicle tires and find their way into the environment and oceans.

It’s devastating impact is obvious for humans because of its chemical composition, but the impact was enormous on marine life, as per numerous scientific studies. 

Effect on Human & Marine Life

Scientists started taking interest in car tires and their potential harmful effects when they started researching the massive die-off of coho salmon fish in Washington.

After years of research, scientists revealed that car tires were responsible for the deaths of thousands of marine species.

Car tires can also have devastating consequences for human health if exposure is consistent. 

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