Skincare is a touchy subject for many, with a litany of products existing to "cure" almost any blemish, flake, or oversized pore. The ostensible results of these products are boasted on their packaging, with promises to tighten, brighten, smooth and moisturize. But what results do these products produce once they've been washed off of your face, and trickle down the drain? The answer is far from aesthetically-pleasing.
A recent report from the Sydney Harbor Research Program found that the plasticity levels in the harbor of Sydney, Australia are at an all-time high, and the major culprits are microbeads: the tiny, plastic scrubbing agents utilized in facial scrubs. According to the report, the harbor had "60 to 100 plastic particles per 100ml of wet harbour sediment." The plastics not only release toxins, but can also block the gut of any unlucky fish who ingest them.
In an op-ed by Charles J. Moore recently published in The New York Times, the oceanographer states that, after spending six weeks with a group of scientists and researchers in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, "We suspect that more animals are killed by vagrant plastic waste than by even climate change."
(Virginia Institute of Marine Science)