Toiletry beads present new threat to Great Lakes

  • Article by: JOHN SCHWARTZ , New York Times
  • Updated: December 21, 2013 - 6:18 PM

Tiny beads used in toiletries slip through treatment plants and are consumed by fish.

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roberth999Dec. 21, 13 9:47 PM

They obviously should be banned immediately. What will happen is the FDA or whoever will take 5-10 years to do a study and figure it out while spending 100's of millions of $$$$.

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unclemushyDec. 21, 13 9:57 PM

There is no proof they are harming anything. They have not studied the affect on marine life as stated in the article.

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westofmplsDec. 22, 13 7:40 AM

"There is no proof they are harming anything".....so, what? Let the lake bottom continue to accumulate plastic debris or stop putting plastic in the lake and avoid the time and expense involved in studying all the impact? Seems like an easy decision.

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LauralundDec. 22, 13 5:49 PM

Well, unclemushy, tell you want: You keep eating the fish that have ingested this plastic - essentially eating your own garbage - and we'll do a study on you to see if there's any effect.

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davehougDec. 24, 1312:51 PM

Since they float, the concentration will grow over the years. KUDOS to the makers who switch to another way that doesn't last decades.

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trevdoggyDec. 27, 1310:13 AM

What is the real purpose of these beads anyway? To exfoliate the skin or something. How about if WE just stop buying this #$@$@ and then they'll stop making it! Spread the word.

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