28 Jun 2019

Plasticrust. A whole new kind of plastic pollution

From Nine To Noon, 9:40 am on 28 June 2019
'Plasticrust' found on rocks in Madiera

'Plasticrust' found on rocks in Madiera Photo: http://www.mare-centre.pt/en

A new generation of never-before-seen plastic pollution has been discovered on the shoreline of the volcanic island of Madeira. Scientists are calling it 'plasticrust' as it forms a grey-blue crust on its rocks.

Tests have showed the material is polyethylene, the world's most widely used plastic, found in packaging and food containers.

Lynn Freeman talks to marine ecologist Dr. João Canning-Clode at the Environmental Research Center in Madeira.