WORD FOR 2018: Environmental baddy ‘microplastic’ word of the year.

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THREAT: Microplastics are widely viewed as a serious threat to the environment. CREDIT: Shutterstock


MICROPLASTIC, the name given to the tiny particles of plastic widely viewed as a serious threat to the environment, is the Fundeu BBVA foundation word of the year.

This is the sixth year the foundation dedicated to promoting the correct use of Spanish in the media has selected a word which stands out among the terms coming up most in the news over the previous 12 months.

Microplastics are fragments of less than five millimetres manufactured for use in cleaning and hygiene products or which come off larger plastic items when they decompose. Found in sand, animal organisms, marine salt and water, the problem has led to calls for measures to reduce the consumption of single use plastic.

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