Your morning routine may go as follows: have breakfast, brush teeth, shower, then head out to start your day.
But there’s a hidden step in there you may not be aware of – polluting the ocean and endangering sea life while *contaminating the food chain.
*Microbeads are *miniscule pieces of plastic omnipresent in our everyday cosmetics that you may have never paid much attention to up until now.
From face *scrubs, *exfoliating shower gels and even toothpaste, there’s no escaping them.
But while they may help keep our skin and teeth looking good, many species of sea life are mistaking the tiny colorful balls for food, ending up with them in their *digestive systems.
We find pieces of plastic in every sample of seawater we study from round the world, professor Tamara Galloway of Exeter University told the BBC.
What makes this even more worrying is that plastic is known to be excellent at absorbing toxic pollutants in water – such as motor oil or *pesticides – and it’s thought that these toxins could be making their way up the food chain and eventually onto our plates.
An average plate of oysters could contain up to 50 plastic particles.
We don’t have any evidence yet for the harm this might cause but most people would probably prefer not to be eating microbeads with their food, Galloway explains.
A number of countries have announced they will ban microbeads, including