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Tiny plastic microbeads are a big danger
Tiny plastic microbeads are a big danger

As far back as the 1970s, the dangerous nature of plastics in our global waterways was well known. Images of turtles and birds entangled in soda six-pack liners heightened our awareness of the impact of plastic waste products on marine life. Now, there's a new danger: the accumulation of toxic chemicals in tiny plastic microbeads that are introduced into our waterways from many of the personal care products and over-the-counter drugs that we use every day. These plastic microbeads represent a growing concern to our environment and the animals and humans that interact with it. The plastic microbeads (often made of polyethylene or polypropylene) are recent additions to facial...