What are microplastics? everything you should know about microplastics - and one small thing you can do to help.
Recent interview with Chatelane:
"Athey explains that microfibres—tiny particles that come off of textiles, like the lint caught in your dryer—are some of the worst household-produced offenders, since everyone washes and wears clothes regularly. (Think of the pilling and fraying on your polyester clothing--which is made from plastic—that’s a microplastic.)"
Read more here
"Next month, 100 households in Parry Sound, Ontario, on the shores of Lake Huron’s Georgian Bay, will install special filters on their washing machines. The filters – roughly twice the size of a standard water bottle – are designed to remove plastic microfibers from the machines’ waste water.It’s part of a joint research project by the University of Toronto and local environmental group Georgian Bay Forever to reduce the number of tiny plastic threads released into the bay."
Learn more about the project here!
Spent the day paddling down the Don River and cleaning up with the UofT Trash Team for their second annual Clean Up the Don event! The Don River Watershed is the most urbanized watershed in Canada. A previous study conducted by the Trash Team showed the Don River is a source of approximately 650 kg of plastic to Lake Ontario each year and cleanups like this are important for stopping plastics from entering the lake. Stay tuned for blog posts and more from the event!
UofT Varsity Blues article
I had a great time tonight with Atlantic Healthy Oceans Initiative for their Plastic Oceans discussion panel! Missed the event? Check out the discussion here and the film on Netflix! #scicomm
Plastic waste is threatening many aquatic species in Ontario. Check out my latest feature in Ontario Nature Magazine!
Check out my latest interview with Hannah Rudd for Leading Women in Marine Science!
I was part of a team from the Rochman Lab interviewed by CTV about their investigation into the types of plastic present in the Don River from a new "boom" which collects debris before it reaches Lake Ontario in Keating Channel.
I was recently interviewed by the New York Times about the recent move by Starbucks to stop using disposable plastic straws by 2020. You can also listen to me discuss this and other recent progress in the fight against plastics pollution on The Eater Upsell podcast!
As Sam Athey, a plastics pollution researcher, explained to the The New York Times, “Plastic straws are pretty small and lightweight, so when they’re going through the mechanical sorter, they’re often lost or diverted.” (Mother Jones)
And according to plastics pollution researcher Sam Athey, “[It takes] about 200 years for polypropylene plastic straws to break down under normal environmental conditions” (Foodable Network)
“We’ve found plastic doing research cruises off the coast of Beaufort, N.C., south of Hope Spot Hatteras. It could be out there for decades to centuries, and how many fish and wildlife can it entangle?” says Sam Athey, a graduate marine science student at UNCW and director of POP chapters. The Wilmington chapter took the research findings to communities to let them know the problems and how they could help.