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Microplastics Community Science Toolkit

Microplastics Community Science Toolkit

Community Scientists are beach cleanup groups, students and community volunteers who use science and technology to identify and address solutions for microplastic pollution on their local beaches while helping to fill global data gaps for scientists and decision makers to influence change.  

Use the Microplastics Community Science Toolkit anytime at your local sandy beach(es) to collect real data about microplastics in your community, use our included guides to identify sources and solutions and contribute your data to a global heat map. 

The Toolkit Includes

  1. Illustrated resources to learn about microplastic pollution
  2. Sandy beach sampling protocol and 2 stainless steel sieves
  3. Saturna Imaging System to automatically image and analyze your data
  4. Saturna Imaging System User Manual
  5. Sampling training video
  6. Analysis training video
  7. Data evaluation guide
  8. Advocacy and communication tools

5% of every Kit sale will be donated toward the purchase of a Kit for an underfunded school. To sponsor a school please email

    Toolkit Contents

    Digital Resources 

    • Educational resource and training guide  
    • Sandy beach sampling protocol to collect microplastics from your local sandy beach 
    • Data Evaluation Guide to understand most common microplastics in your community and their potential sources  
    • Engagement and advocacy tools to engage your community and policy makers 

    Technology and Tools 

    • 2 stainless steel sieves (used in the protocol) 
    • 1 Saturna Imaging System 
    • 1 Waterproof hard case for easy transport
    • Access to the Mariana data portal to upload and analyze your images and contribute to global heat maps 
    Product Requirements
    • Access to a 100 m sandy beach  
    • Access to a Windows PC desktop or laptop with USB type A port and Windows 10 operating system
    • Broadband internet connection
    International Shipping

    Shipping and duty costs are the responsibility of the customer. Email to receive international shipping rates and quotes.

    This product does not contain any hazardous or restricted goods (batteries, liquids, etc.) and can be shipped internationally without additional declarations or further requirements. For international orders, a commercial invoice containing a detailed list of all items in the package and their value will be included with the shipment. Applicable taxes and import duties are the responsibility of the buyer and will be assessed according to local regulations. 

    Bulk Orders

    Email for bulk order discounts.

    • Use to collect high quality physical data for visible particles larger than 400 μm in size
    • Integrated 8MP Sony IMX179 CMOS imaging sensor provides high resolution data
    • Integrated ~4000k neutral white LED array and light-blocking shroud provide highly standardized microplastics images with consistent lighting for comparative size and colour analysis across time, location and external lighting conditions
    • Included calibration discs provide highly accurate particle sizing references for physical analysis computer vision algorithms
    • Use Saturna through our Mariana data portal using any Windows PC or standalone application with any Windows PC
    • Unlimited sample analyses are included
    Saturna Features
    • Highly standardized built-in LED lighting system provides consistent and reproducible lighting for your microplastic samples
    • Compatible with any Windows PC and operated using our Mariana data portal or stand alone application
    • Provides physical size and colour data for all microplastics imaged
    • Computer pattern recognition and sizing algorithms calculate 11 discrete size calculations for every particle
    • Predictive colour models calculate repeatable and standardized average color calculations for each particle
    • Compare your samples over spatial areas using our Mariana data portal for further insight and sample analysis
    • Applicable for classifying microplastics' physical size and colour 
    Shipping Times

    Shipping costs and time estimates are outlined within the shopping cart. All educational resources and instructional guides will be sent via email following a purchase. The Saturna Imaging System is built to order, so shipping times vary for Saturna and the sieves.

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