Q. Consider the following statements regarding Microplastics
1. Microplastics are plastics that are less than 5 millimetres in size
2. These are bio-degradable plastics
Which of the above statements is/are correct?

[A] 1 only

[B] 2 only

[C] Both 1 and 2

[D] Neither 1 nor 2

Answer: A

Recently a Delhi-based non-profit Toxic Link stated that the Ganga is heavily polluted with microplastics at Varanasi, Haridwar and Kanpur. 

Microplastics are plastics that are less than 5 millimetres in size but are a major source of marine pollution. They are non-degradable plastics. 

Some examples are, 

  • Polyacetylene is used as a doping agent in the electronics industry. 
  • Polypropylene is also used in packaging, plastic sheets, fibre, fabrics, rope, etc. 
  • PIP is mainly used in footwear and baby bottle nipples. 
  • Polyamide, commonly known as nylon, is used as a natural fibre and as metal wires in clothing and industry. 

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