Millions of people are
unwittingly pouring hundreds of tonnes of tiny plastic beads down the drain.
These can persist in the environment for more than 100 years, and have been
found to contaminate a wide variety of freshwater and marine wildlife. Few
consumers realize that many cosmetic products , such as facial scrubs,
toothpastes and shower gels, contain thousands of microplastic beads which have
been deliberately added by the manufacturers of more than 100 consumer products
over the past two decades.