The environmental damage cause by plastic is under everyone’s eyes, but the one of microplastics (or nanoplastics) is less evident. Recently, it has even been proven that there are traces of plastic in our blood!  In a previous article, we discussed about microplastics in the seas and oceans coming from our washing machines .
There are many other sectors in which the problem of disposable plastic is present: today we focus on the building and construction industry. These industries are riding the wave of post-Covid19 environmental bonuses for building renovation works , but there are cases in which companies operate without respecting the environment.
A key issue is caused by construction plastic fences (orange, yellow, green, etc.) used to delimit construction sites (Figure 1 and 2). An element that is typically forgotten until the work is completed. But until then, weathering will do its part. While in the beginning plastic seems indestructible, UV rays will degrade it until it becomes rigid and friable, ready to break at the first gust of wind. The wind will carry plastic pieces to the adjoining areas and beyond, polluting both land and water. Other times the vegetation will swallow it up, making its removal practically impossible.