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In today’s post, we’ll delve into the tiny world of microbeads and explore how these little demons can contribute to pollution. (Today’s post is inspired by the video from “story of stuff”)

1. Microbeads are tiny plastic particles (2mm<). Polyethylene, polypropylene, polyethylene terephthalate and polymethyl methacrylate can all be found in products containing plastic microbeads.

2. Plastic Microbeats are commonly found in skincare products such as face soaps and body washes.

3. Due to its small size, microbeads are not captured by wastewater treatment and gets discharged into waterways. As a result, microplastics can be found in waterways worldwide.

4. Plastic microbeads act like sponges, absorbing toxins and harmful chemicals in the water bodies. Even worse, microplastics are ingested by marine animals and bioaccumulates within the food chain.

5. Apparently, some companies continue to use plastic microbeads as they are cheap and easy to source.

6. This is simple infographic helps explain how microbeads contribute to pollution

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Resources:

Plastic Microbeads:  Ban The Bead!