The Microbead Dilemma

President Obama signed a bipartisan bill that prohibits selling and distributing products containing microbeads. Personal care products such as the shampoo, facial cleanser and even toothpaste you use at home can contribute to a massive plastic pollution problem. We talk with Anna Cummins, Executive Director of The 5 Gyres Institute, who explains the dangers of these plastic “microbeads” that enter the ocean and threaten aquatic life, as well as humans.

Everyday Action: Check the labels of the personal care products you use in your home and stop using products containing polyethylene or polypropylene microbeads. Send any products with microbeads to 5 Gyres to help bring awareness to this important issue.

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