Microplastic Beads Pollute Great Lakes | September 16, 2013 Issue - Vol. 91 Issue 37 | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 91 Issue 37 | pp. 23-25
Issue Date: September 16, 2013

Microplastic Beads Pollute Great Lakes

Companies pledge to remove tiny polyethylene scrubbing beads from personal care products
Department: Government & Policy | Collection: Sustainability
News Channels: Environmental SCENE
Keywords: plastic, pollution, water pollution, Great Lakes, personal care products

An array of skin care cleansers on the market promise to exfoliate and unclog pores. Some of these skin-scrubbing products contain tiny beads of plastic scattered through a gel or creamy paste. After washing with these cleansers, consumers rinse the soapy stuff—along with its teeny spheres—down the drain, giving nary a thought to what happens to the plastic bits, which are less than 1 mm in diameter.

Now, researchers are finding plastic microbeads in the . . .

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