Put Down That Face Scrub—It Just Released 100,000 Plastic Particles Into the Ocean

Go to a beach cleanup, and you’ll find that cigarette butts are one of the most abundant items polluting the marine environment.

But that’s only because we can’t see the millions of microbeads left behind when people use products such as hand cleansers, soaps, toothpaste, shaving cream, bubble bath, sunscreen, and shampoo.

A new report from Plymouth University in the United Kingdom found that with just a single use of certain cosmetics products—such as facial scrubs—100,000 tiny microbeads could be released into the environment.

Because the beads are so small—a fraction of a millimeter in diameter—the particles slip through sewage treatment facilities and end up in rivers and oceans.

Read the entire article at Takepart.com