Microplastics: a growing threat to coral reefs

Following the incredible Blue Planet II , and even more recently Drowning in Plastic, the public response has been brilliant, pushing for reductions in single-use plastic globally. My friends who I used to row with back at home founded Row For the Ocean and are currently rowing the Atlantic to raise awareness of plastic pollution in collaboration with Surfers…

Sampling on the Mekong

So I wanted to post this in December but that turned into another crazy month – my first trip to Vietnam now seems like ages ago! November was hectic… I got back from Switzerland and had to immediately pack for Vietnam as I left on the 2nd. I was only in Vietnam for just over…

Soggy Switzerland for Microplastics 2018

At the end of October I went to Ascona, Switzerland for 5 days to be part of the Nano and microplastics in technical and freshwaters systems – Microplastics2018 Conference. Speakers specialising in microplastics were invited from all over the world to attend the conference. I saw it as a brilliant opportunity to learn how such an event…

Tiny plastic particles released by washing your clothes

I was at the Manchester Science Festival a couple of weeks ago running a stall as part of the plastic themed Earth Arcade by the Energy and Environment Institute at the University of Hull. I was put in charge of a section demonstrating to the public how it is not only large pieces of plastic…