It’s been widely reported that tiny bits of plastic, invisible to the human eye, have been escaping into the environment.

But we wanted to know just how widespread the problem is. So our plastics campaigner Julian Kirby headed out with Dr Christian Dunn of Bangor University to test British waterways for these minuscule plastic pollutants.

Read on to find out which landmark British waterways Julian and Dr Dunn tested – how they did it – and what you can do about microplastics.

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