Policies to Reduce Microplastics Pollution in Water
Focus on Textiles and Tyres
Microplastics are ubiquitous in the natural environment. This report synthesises the
current state of knowledge on the sources, fate and risks of microplastics pollution.
It then focuses on two sources of microplastics pollution, textile products and vehicle
tyres, due to their substantial contribution to global microplastics emissions and
currently largely absent policy frameworks to mitigate them.
Several best practices and technological solutions can be implemented along the lifecycle
of textile products and vehicle tyres to mitigate releases to the environment. The
report proposes policy insights on measures and strategies that could help minimise
microplastics emitted unintentionally from products and their potential impacts on
human health and ecosystems.