Human Beauty = Great Lakes Ugly?

Not only do our perfumes and pharmaceuticals contaminate Great Lakes fish, so do plastic microbeads in our personal care products, such as facial scrubs, shampoo and toothpaste...and by the tons. Dr. Sherri Mason of SUNY Fredonia leads the research.

You may have helped dump 19 tons of plastic into New York State waters in the past year simply by washing your face, shampooing your hair, or moisturizing your skin. Microbeads are the culprit— tiny, almost microscopic spheres of plastic found in hundreds of cosmetics and personal care products including shampoos, toothpastes, skin cleansers and more.

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