The plastic particles allow the formation of a slimy layer on their surface which allows bacteria and antibiotic waste to attach and mingle.
Around ten million tonnes enter the ocean, but scientists estimate that only about 0.3 million tonnes of plastic is floating at the ocean surface.
For the first time, microplastic particles have been found in the placenta of women after giving birth
Experts fear that the chemicals present in the plastic may interfere with their development of babies.
The report said that areas with more floating rubbish generally had more microplastic fragments on the seafloor.
Where are the airborne plastics? Scientists find they are in the air we breath, the wind and the skies
Microplastics equivalent to123 million and 300 million plastic bottles rain down in America's western national parks and wilderness areas.
The problem of the earth's plastic pollution is too large and complex to simply throw worms at.
The average person ingests at least 50,000 particles of microplastic a year, a recent study has suggested.
The ingestion of microplastics or particles of plastic smaller than five millimetres impedes the normal growth of fish larvae
India's per capita plastic consumption is 11 kilogrammes as compared to 109 kilogrammes that the USA consumes.
However, it has called for more research into the potential future risk of bottled and tap water.
Several million tonnes of plastics reach the ocean, waves and Sun break them down into microscopic over time.
Scientists believe that farmers can use this technique to make diesel, to fuel their tractors, on their farms.
An additional 90,000 particles could be ingested each year if an individual only drank bottled water.
At ease, though — experts warn the study is too small & premature to draw a credible conclusion from.