Microplastics in the environment

Plastic has become an integral part of our everyday life. However, plastic waste, including microplastics, leads to ecological and health problems. Still little is known about the magnitude of the problem. Eawag is therefore investigating the effects of microplastics in water and bodies of water and is developing solutions to reduce microplastic contamination.

There is a lot of plastic waste in the environment and in our waters: beverage bottles, plastic bags, packaging, straws and much more. Less well visible to the naked eye, but nevertheless no less common, are what are known as microplastics. This page provides information about what exactly microplastics are and what quantities occur in Swiss waters.

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October 26, 2021

Microplastics, owing to their chemical properties, can carry micropollutants into a fish’s digestive system where they are subsequently released through the action of its gastric and intestinal fluids. Scientists of EPFL and Eawag, working in association with other research institutes, have studied this process by looking specifically at progesterone – often pointed to as an endocrine disrupter.

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September 8, 2020

Process Engineer Adriano Joss from Eawag water research institute has been working for many years on wastewater treatment plants and the removal of micropollutants from water. Together with Ralf Kägi, Head of the Eawag Particle Laboratory, he has compiled the current status of knowledge on microplastics. In an interview, he presents the most important findings. We have recently posted detailed information on the website “Microplastics in the environment”.

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Dr. Ralf Kägi Tel. +41 58 765 5273 Send Mail
Prof. Dr. Kristin Schirmer Head of department Tel. +41 58 765 5266 Send Mail

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Last Name, First Name, Telephone, Mail Department Location
Dr. Kägi, Ralf
+41 58 765 5273, Send Mail
Process Engineering Dübendorf
Dr. Joss, Adriano
+41 58 765 5408, Send Mail
Process Engineering Dübendorf
Dr. Kroll, Alexandra
+41 58 765 5487, Send Mail
Ecotox Centre Dübendorf
Prof. Dr. Schirmer, Kristin
+41 58 765 5266, Send Mail
Environmental Toxicology Dübendorf
Dr. Contzen, Nadja
+41 58 765 6892, Send Mail
Environmental Social Sciences Dübendorf
PD Dr. Hofstetter, Thomas
+41 58 765 5076, Send Mail
Environmental Chemistry Dübendorf
Prof. Dr. Hollender, Juliane
+41 58 765 5493, Send Mail
Environmental Chemistry Dübendorf
Prof. Holzner, Markus
+41 44 739 29 48, Send Mail
Environmental Microbiology
Prof. Dr. Ingold, Karin
+41 58 765 5676, Send Mail
Environmental Social Sciences Dübendorf
Dr. Tlili, Ahmed
+41 58 765 5330, Send Mail
Environmental Toxicology Dübendorf
Vollenweider, Stefan
+41 58 765 5427, Send Mail
Environmental Social Sciences Dübendorf
Prof. Dr. Wehrli, Bernhard
+41 58 765 2117, Send Mail
Surface Waters Research & Management Kastanienbaum

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