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August 7 2013

Facial scrubs polluting Great Lakes with plastic


Billions of tiny plastic beads are polluting the Great Lakes, and a U.S. scientist has traced them to grooming products such as facial scrubs and toothpastes that are washed daily down our bathroom drains.

Marcus Eriksen, research director of the 5 Gyres Institute, had spent several years studying microplastics small pieces of plastic about the size of a fingernail that get caught in slow-moving currents in the ocean, where they are eaten by wildlife such as fish, sometimes causing the animals to die.

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