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Understanding the plastics cycle to minimize exposure

Contamination of the environment with plastics is one of the most widespread and long-lasting human influences on our planet. There is an urgent need to comprehensively evaluate the environmental plastics cycle and advance understanding of key transport and fate mechanisms to minimize human exposure to plastics pollution.

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Fig. 1: Overview of the plastics cycle.


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Thomas, K.V. Understanding the plastics cycle to minimize exposure. Nat Sustain 5, 282–284 (2022).

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