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More than 60 per cent of the waste swirling through Mediterranean coastal waters is plastic, the study found. ( Getty iStock )

Microplastics are most common waste found along Mediterranean coast, study says

Polyethylene used to make plastic shopping bags and cling film forms most of plastic found in coastal waters, according to marine scientists from University of Barcelona

Microplastics from shopping bags and clingfilm are the most common type of waste found in Mediterranean coastal waters, research shows.

Polyethylene makes up over half the plastic (54.5 per cent) found along the Mediterranean coast of Spain, according to a study by the Research Group on Marine Geosciences at the University of Barcelona.

This type of plastic is most commonly used to make plastic shopping bags and clingfilm.

Polypropylene (16.5 per cent) – used in rigid plastic packaging such as bottles – was the second-most common plastic found, followed by polyester (9.7 per cent) which is used in clothing, furnishings and textiles.

More than 60 per cent of the waste swirling through Mediterranean coastal waters is plastic, the study found.

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