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'Microbeads' Latest Pollution Threat to Great Lakes

Environment  (tags: pollution, environment, water, Great Lakes, water pollution, industrial runoff, destruction, conservation, ecosystems, energy, nature, humans, habitatdestruction, habitat )

- 1701 days ago -
Tiny plastic beads from beauty products are showing up in North America's Great Lakes, and an environmental group is calling upon companies to stop using the plastic particles.

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Past Member (0)
Thursday August 22, 2013, 2:25 am
I guess if people don't complain we have to wait until 2017.

Christeen A (370)
Thursday August 22, 2013, 5:58 am
We need to work on getting these micro-beads stopped from being used. Thank you.

SusanAWAY Allen (219)
Thursday August 22, 2013, 6:01 am
Noted and shared

SusanAWAY Allen (219)
Thursday August 22, 2013, 6:02 am
Noted and shared

Joanne D (38)
Thursday August 22, 2013, 9:43 am
They don't even work. They are supposed to exfoliate but they don't, they only make the product uncomfortable. Ground up apricot pits at least work some, and are biodegradeable. I would assume peach pits and possibly other seed coverings of plants in the rose family would work too.

Mike H (252)
Thursday August 22, 2013, 9:46 am
Humans are poisoning everything they touch

Past Member (0)
Thursday August 22, 2013, 10:09 am
I don't see any need for these products. There is just too much pollution all over and it seems not enough people care or even think about the disposal of these products. Better to buy all natural.

Theodore Shayne (56)
Thursday August 22, 2013, 10:28 am
I've already heard about this a few weeks ago. I understand the manufacturer has agreed to discontinue the bath beads. Frankly, I don't understand why people keep buying these products that are direct contributors to many health problems.Boycott Lever and all the rest them. You can buy products at the health food store now that are just as good as anything from the big boys and 100% healthy.

fdjjgfhk gfhjggjgfjk (13)
Thursday August 22, 2013, 11:20 am
noted, thank you

Edo R (71)
Thursday August 22, 2013, 12:31 pm
Thanks for sharing!

Lisa W (143)
Thursday August 22, 2013, 12:50 pm
This is horrible! Ty Cal.

Sheila D (194)
Thursday August 22, 2013, 12:59 pm
People will try anything that promises youthful skin, wrinkles reduced, clear eyes, and shiny, healthy hair. I really believe some would use cow, bird, pig, dog or cat poop if these promises were made - and an expensive marketing campaign bombards the press, Internet, radio and televison...

Wim Zunnebeld (144)
Thursday August 22, 2013, 1:36 pm
Thx for the info

Hartson Doak (39)
Thursday August 22, 2013, 1:48 pm
This is a new one to me. Is there any real reason that these beads are used? Do they rub the skin off your body?

Kathleen R (138)
Thursday August 22, 2013, 1:55 pm
noted & read

David C (139)
Thursday August 22, 2013, 2:09 pm
noted, another way we can destroy our world

Helen Porter (39)
Thursday August 22, 2013, 2:20 pm
Mermaids choke.
Dolphins scream.
watch television.
A few who will not
be defeated.......US
fight on.

Lisa Zilli (17)
Thursday August 22, 2013, 2:20 pm

Kelly H (0)
Thursday August 22, 2013, 3:32 pm
Voted, shared to facebook....people don't even think about where thopse beads go. They need to be educated!

Mari 's (1356)
Thursday August 22, 2013, 3:46 pm
Human yes some humans are poisoning everything they touch! We are the only species that destroys this planet to live like this. Why???

Debra Tate (17)
Thursday August 22, 2013, 5:13 pm
Noted and voted!

Anna Dayton (1)
Thursday August 22, 2013, 7:08 pm
before we ask companies not to produce these why don't we ask the public not to use these and educate them about why. everyone is so eager to petition everything today. it's ridiculous. Im going to share this with everyone i know and hope they make the right decision

Diane K (134)
Thursday August 22, 2013, 7:27 pm
Interesting info. That's good they caught them! thx

Klaus Peters (14)
Thursday August 22, 2013, 9:31 pm
These beads are probably coming back at us in contaminated seafood.

Inge B (202)
Thursday August 22, 2013, 11:38 pm


Monica D (580)
Thursday August 22, 2013, 11:39 pm
Humanity needs a more sustainable economy, in which polluting products like this are simply not sold in the first place.

Colleen L (3)
Thursday August 22, 2013, 11:59 pm
I agree that there's no reason to even have these beads existing. Do away with them. Thanks Cal

Sherri G (128)
Friday August 23, 2013, 2:06 am
Noted, Tweeted and Shared TY Cal

Emma S (239)
Friday August 23, 2013, 2:48 am
Thanks, Cal - it's best to make your own stuff with sugar or salt: cheaper, more effective, and better or the environment.

Jamie Clemons (282)
Friday August 23, 2013, 5:52 am
plastic beads Yum what will it be next?

Nimue Michelle Pendragon Gaze (339)
Saturday August 24, 2013, 12:34 am

Susanne R (234)
Saturday August 24, 2013, 3:39 pm
I use an apricot scrub to exfoliate. It never occurred to me that microbeads had the potential to create environmental problems. I've always used the apricot scrub because it's very inexpensive and quite effective. Thanks for posting this very important and informative article, Cal!

Sergio Padilla (65)
Sunday August 25, 2013, 6:22 pm
Another problem......

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