What can we do about the levels of microplastic pollution around Charleston’s Cape Romain?

“Our goal is that our data can become a resource to city councils, state and even federal governments in getting laws passed to attempt and limit and even reverse microplastic pollution.” 
– Unstoppable Student, Wando High School

The Southeastern coast has a microplastics problem. Microplastics are the most prevalent type of marine debris, and consist of small plastic sediments that can take hundreds to thousands of years to decompose. A team of students set out to measure the concentration of microplastic pollution along Cape Romain, off the coast of Mount Pleasant, SC. Their investigation is part of an effort by The Citadel to raise awareness about microplastics pollution. In addition to collecting data, the students shared their work at Wando High School’s Unstoppable Schools Exhibition, where students displayed their projects during school lunch in the cafeteria, and interacted with fellow students, faculty and staff, and district personnel.


Wando High School


Jessica Herbert


Molly Miller, Michael Evans, Ben Williams, Maya Bolling, Cline Mamo, Aiden Meritt