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Ever seen “plastic soup” on a restaurant menu or store shelf? Let’s hope not!
Plastic soup is the decidedly unappetizing term for plastic pollution in our waters. You wouldn’t deliberately consume plastic soup … but you may already be without knowing it.
How? Tiny, non-biodegradable plastic particles known as microbeads have become insidious and invisible polluters of our waters.
The size of a grain of sand – and often much smaller - microbeads are found in many facial and body cleansing scrubs and toothpastes.
Microbeads are made of polyethylene or polypropylene, the same plastics used to manufacture garbage containers, grocery bags and much more. They’ve replaced natural abrasives such as pumice and crushed almonds. A single tube of a personal care product can contain over 300,000 microbeads!