Winter Solstice Snowflakes were made with marine debris, including plastic flossers, bio-filters, and the tops from Kool Aid Bursts all found on North County San Diego beaches.
Even though remote mountain tops appear pristine in scenic photos, microplastics have been found in snow samples taken from the Sierra Nevada, the Alps, and the Pyrenees—and 90% of samples collected in the Rockies contained microplastics.
There are things we can do to help alleviate the plastic pollution crisis. We can reduce our use of single-use plastic items, and we can rethink polyester clothing, which sloughs off microfibers when washed. Microfibers are actually one of the most ubiquitous micro-plastics found in snow and water samples taken around the world.
To watch an interesting video and to learn about a citizen science snow sampling project being developed by Columbia University, visit The Weather Network.