Reality Check Regarding Microbeads

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Yesterday, the Daily Mail reported that the scientific journal Nature is criticizing actress Jennifer Aniston for promoting Aveeno face wash, which contains microbeads (microbeads are tiny plastic beads that act as exfoliators). This story is sure to resurrect the war on microbeads (the Nature editorial was actually written last year, but the Daily Mail is only reporting on it now). For years, activists have been after microbeads, claiming they are ending up in waterways and killing off marine life. Yet, as I wrote a few months ago, that isn’t even remotely true. According to Allen Burton, a professor of Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Michigan, a new study is casting doubt on the whole microbeads=disaster narrative (emphasis mine): Read more.

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