The researchers found that there is no place on earth that can escape plastic dust in the air – with particles raining even on remote mountain peaks.
While long-known plastic pollutes our water and earth, recent research has shown that micro-plastic dust is also present in the air we breathe.
According to the Daily Mail website, the main type of plastic in the dust found on the ground is polystyrene, which is used in packing but not widely recycled, followed by polyethylene, which is used in the manufacturing of bottles and plastic bags.
Small pieces of polymer, less than 5 mm in diameter, were found and deposited in a remote area on the border between France and Spain.
“It’s amazing and worrying to find a lot of molecules transported by wind, they can travel far from sources,” said lead author Steve Allen of Strathclyde University, Glasgow. “I do not think there is a living organism on earth immune to this.”
According to scientists, miniature plastic traveled in air for about 60 miles and was the same amount as in high-density urban areas such as Paris.
Europe produces 60 million tonnes of plastic every year, of which 27.1 million tonnes are recovered for recycling, burning or placing in the landfill.
As the campaign explained Turn The Tide On Plastic Published by Daily Mail, nearly 10 percent end up in the ocean – but it is not known where the rest goes.
The researchers, who published their work in a magazine Nature Geoscience, says that the corrosion in the dust that is carried in the air may explain some deficiency.