What are Microplastics in water?

What is microplastic?

Microplastics are plastic particles that are five millimetres and smaller. The particles are often so tiny that they are hardly visible to the human eye. This is why the description “invisible microplastic” is often used in the media.

Origin and distribution of microplastic

Many people initially think of microbeads and microplastics in cosmetics, for example:

  • Peeling
  • Shower gel
  • Shampoo

The biggest polluters are not known to many at all: The abrasion of billions of tires in road traffic and above all the countless sports fields made of artificial turf are one of the largest sources of microplastic pollution in our oceans.

Risks: Microplastic pollution harms the environment and our health

Nowadays the impact of plastic pollution on environment is detectable in all areas:

  • In the oceans
  • In soils
  • In rivers
  • In the groundwater
  • Also in drinking and mineral water

Microplastics are difficult to decompose. In the environment, the tiny plastic particles are subject to further fragmentation allowing them to even pass through modern drinking water systems. These particles often act as carriers of pollutants such as pathogens or heavy metals. Microplastic enters the environment via wastewater – through rivers into the oceans and then enter our food cycle via microorganisms and thus into our bodies as deposits. The health consequences and effects of plastic pollution for the human organism cannot yet be assessed. The avoidance or retention of microplastics from all sources is therefore absolutely essential as the most efficient measure.

SPORTFIX®CLEAN channels offer a simple but extraordi­narily simple solution. The channels safely collect not only surface water flowing off the sports field contaminated with microplastics, but also larger microplastic parts transported to and collected along the edge of the pitch during play. The water is collected and drained off in the channel run, while being fed through the channel filter and filtered at the same time.


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