Microplastic Foodchain

Photopolymer etching, 28 x 38 cm, 2015

The majority of the plastic we use ends up in the oceans. Most of this plastic doesn’t degrade, but gets broken into smaller bits and pieces. Many plastics churn in the oceans for decades and also act as tiny sponges absorbing toxins from the seas. Some plastic particles become so tiny that they are of equal size or smaller than the microorganisms that live in the sea. These particles get absorbed or eaten, mistaken as food, even by the micro-plankton. This way, microplastics and toxins enter our food chain.

This print is part of the Disastrous Results portfolio, published by Waterstreet Studios, Batavia, Illinois U.S.A. The imagery is based on a photograph of the installation Sublime Waste.

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