Researchers Urge Ban Plastic; 8 Trillion Microbeads Flushed In Ocean Daily

Researchers have lately suggested with strict words to ban microbeads in personal care products to protect water quality and oceans wildlife.

The toothpastes, facial scrubs, soaps and other such personal care products that are used in daily life contains tiny plastic beads, which are clogging up rivers, lakes and even oceans in a broader perspective.

If believed to the latest survey of North America’s Great Lakes, there are up to 1.1 million tiny beads in just per square kilometer of water.

Stephanie Green from Oregon State University said the microbeads used in the daily use products are highly durable and the wastewater treatment plants are unable to handle it. This has led to an overall amount of contamination is very high.

No plastic is good, but the beads are more problematic. It is such designed to be flushed down the drain and this leads to get ingested by aquatic animals. This is the reason researchers are raising voices to put a ban on such non-biodegradable products. There must come an effective way to implement and help protect the water bodies.

Researchers estimate at least 8 trillion microbeads are released into waterways every day in the US alone. This 8 trillion is as huge as it can cover more than 300 tennis courts.

The 8 trillion is just 1 percent of the total microbeads used. The rest 800 trillion microbeads end up in the sludge of sewage plans and as an aftermath it is spread over land areas.