Plastics perform important functions in our everyday lives. But, when they enter the environment, they lead to ecological and health-related problems, especially in the form of microplastics. Although the scale of the problems is not yet fully understood, it is time to take action. That is why Fraunhofer UMSICHT has been working with microplastics and plastics in the environment since 2014. The focus is on the sustainability assessment and the development of solution strategies to reduce plastics in the environment.

Microplastics: Information material, studies, research

Facts and figures

Definitions and information on the origin, effect, and consequences of plastics in the environment.


Microplastic Consortium Study

Fraunhofer UMSICHT has compiled the current state of knowledge on micro- and macroplastics in the "Microplastic Consortium Study".

Our offer

The spectrum includes sustainability assessments, process, and product developments, as well as tailor-made bio-based plastics.


Press photos microplastics

Feel free to use our press photos and graphics on the topic of micro- and macroplastics for your coverage of Fraunhofer UMSICHT.

Ongoing projects


Artificial Turf Pitches – System Analysis

Investigation of the sustainability of artificial turf pitches.


Investigation of the spread of tire and road wear particles in Germany.


Accounting for plastic emissions into the environment.


Development of a microplastic filter for washing machines.

Study: Microplastics in cosmetics

Fraunhofer UMSICHT has studied microplastics in cosmetics as well as detergents and cleaning agents.