Primary Microplastics in the Oceans: a Global Evaluation of Sources

Year of Publication

2017

This report provides a global quantitative assessment of primary microplastic leakage into the ocean.

Source:

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

Author(s):

Julien Boucher

Damien Friot

Geography:

Global

Type:

Primary Data

Purpose of Measurement:

Understanding the Problem

Impact theme(s):

Material Flows, Oceans

This report provides a global quantitative assessment of primary microplastic leakage into the ocean. The goal of the report is to help prioritize interventions and inform stakeholder decision-making. Seven major sources of primary microplastics are analyzed: tires, synthetic textiles, marine coatings, road markings, personal care products, plastic pellets and cities.