Social and industrial progresses continuously improve our everyday life by yielding new materials that fit our needs and stand out by their specially designed material properties.
Hardly any other material has affected the world's mass consumption and industry as plastics. These polyesters feature plastic or elastic properties, thermal and biological stability and are cheap to manufacture.
However, these materials reach the environment with momentarily incalculable risks for human health and ecosystems. The pathways of plastics into the environment are manifold, but always strictly related to anthropogenic activities and influence.
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