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One Third of Fish in the English Channel Have Plastic Contamination

Brenna Donoghue

A group of scientists found that one-third of fish caught off the south-west coast of England have traces of plastic contamination. The sources blamed for the contamination are products we all own and toss away - synthetic clothing fibers, polyester from bags and plastic bottles, and “microbeads” used in facial scrubs and exfoliators.

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  • imgoingeco

    I always wondered if those beads broke down! I guess not :(
    Not sure why companies dont use salt or sugar as an abrasive as it would dissolve in water

    • Brenna Donoghue

      I agree... there is no reason to be using so many materials that simply don't break down. It's great to see some companies like Unilever pledging to phase them out, but there's a lot more that need to start rethinking their products.

      • Lindsey Smith

        Brenna, I totally agree. What types of sustainable materials could be used to substitute plastic?