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    Default Sea Animals Don't Want to Eat Your Face Wash

    Diane MacEachern
    July 28 2014

    If you use a typical off-the-shelf face cleanser or body wash that claims to be an “exfoliator” or “scrub,” chances are, its scouring power comes from tiny pieces of plastic called microbeads.

    These beads, many of them as small as a grain of sand, might make your skin feel refreshed, but they’re anything but refreshing for the environment. They’re usually made from polyethylene or polypropylene, two plastic-based compounds that don’t biodegrade. When you wash your hands and face with them, or use them in the shower, they run down the drain with the rest of the water. They’re too tiny for most water filtration systems to capture so ultimately, they end up in lakes, rivers, and even the oceans – and that’s where they stay.
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