|Microbeads. Click for photo credit.|
Ecologists have been ringing the warning bell for several years about microbeads. They are playing havoc in marine and freshwater systems. Many U.S. States have banned microbeads and the U.S. government followed suit near the end of the Obama administration. Prior to the band, it was estimated that 8 trillion microbeads were released into surface waters of the U.S. from sewage treatment plants every day. Some of the environmental impacts of microbeads on marine organisms are listed the site Beat the Microbead.