Student Project | After Plastics: The Gardens of the Glacial Foreland | Andreea Vasile-Hoxha

Winner of the 2021 WLA Awards – Student Awards – Award of Excellence – Research category

113 years from the invention of Bakelite (first fully synthetic plastic compound), the world is facing an extraordinary phenomenon with unknown conditions on its impact on human and non-human health: microplastics dispersal in the most remote places on Earth. These microscopic particles (<5mm), most often invisible to the eye, are saturating the water systems, the soil, and the air we breathe. As their concentration rates will continue to exponentially increase, the risk of them affecting some of the most diverse and healthy ecosystems around the globe becomes a major concern, augmented by the

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