GLRPPR Sector Resource: Unseen Threat: How Microbeads Harm New York Waters, Wildlife, Health And Environment
Unseen Threat: How Microbeads Harm New York Waters, Wildlife, Health And Environment
New York waters are being polluted with microbeads: tiny plastic beads produced for use as abrasives in cosmetics and personal care products. Buoyant, multicolored and often spherical, these plastic microbeads are washed down bathroom sinks, pass through wastewater treatment plants, and end up discharged into New York's waters. In our waters, microbeads persist for decades, acting as sponges for toxic chemical pollutants. Mistaken for food by aquatic organisms, microbeads serve as a pathway for pollutants to enter the food chain and contaminate the fish and wildlife we eat.
The most effective way to address this problem is at the source--the consumer products that contain microbeads. Fortunately, plastic is not an essential ingredient in cosmetics and personal care products and several major producers have already committed to replacing plastic abrasives with natural alternatives to address this new source of pollution.
New York State Attorney General
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