NEWCASTLE – British researchers have discovered polyester microfibres inside a new species of deep-sea amphipods which were only recently discovered in one of the deepest places on earth. The team have decided to name the species ‘Eurythenes plasticus’ to highlight growing concerns about the deluge of plastic waste in our oceans. Microfibres which shed from synthetic clothing have been repeatedly found to be the largest contributor to microplastic pollution in our oceans. Inexplicably, the Higg MSI continues to give polyester a good environmental rating despite a huge body of evidence on this issue, notwithstanding broader concerns about the polyester’s fossil fuel links.
The newly discovered amphipod – known informally as a ‘hopper’ – was found by researchers from Newcastle University in the Pacific Ocean’s Mariana Trench between Japan and the Philippines.