Ocean Pollution: 8 Trillion Microbeads a Day from US

Posted on October 6, 2015 by DrRossH in Plastic Waste News

Ocean Pollution: 8 Trillion Microbeads a Day from US : News : Nature World News.

A new analysis of waters around the United States has found that the country is dumping a stunning 8 trillion bits of plastic into oceans and lakes every day. But we’re not talking about irresponsible waste management here. Even eco-friendly citizens could be contributing to this invisible pollution, and just by brushing their teeth!

“We’re facing a plastic crisis and don’t even know it,” Stephanie Green, a David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellow at the College of Science at Oregon State University, said in a statement.

“We’ve demonstrated in previous studies that microplastic of the same type, size and shape as many microbeads can transfer contaminants to animals and cause toxic effects,” she explained.

In other words, microbeads act like sponges for toxins already found in local waters and sewage plants. While the beads themselves pose little harm to birds and fish (unlike larger microplastics) they can serve as delivery systems for the other foul pollutants that wind up in our waters, turning from exfoliaters to poison pills the longer they freely float.

“We argue that the scientific evidence regarding microplastic supports legislation calling for a removal of plastic microbeads from personal care products,”