Envis Centre, Ministry of Environment & Forest, Govt. of India

Printed Date: Sunday, June 26, 2022

The migratory routes of plastic




by Devayani Khare



  • Migration is a crucial, seasonal journey undertaken by species across the world, which disproportionately exposes them to many threats, plastic pollution being among them.

  • A recent report outlines the terrestrial, freshwater and avian migratory species of Asia and the Pacific and how they are affected by plastic pollution. Every year, India plays host to 457 migratory species.

  • Plastic is transferred by migratory species up the food chain, and across geographies, and eventually, could end up in humans.