As microplastics plague many aspects of our land and water, the need to find suitable solutions to remove microplastics from our environments has become more important than ever. A recent study conducted by researchers from Texas convey that the polysaccharides in okra worked best to remove microplastics from both saltwater and freshwater. This plant-based solution has the potential to replace methods that consist of using chemicals such as flocculants that clump microplastics together to separate them from water. Researchers note that no additional equipment is needed to begin using this method in wastewater treatment and that the process can soon be implemented on various scales.

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