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Groups trying to scrub exfoliating microbeads from store shelves
Groups trying to scrub exfoliating microbeads from store shelves

You know those colorful, plastic, exfoliating microbeads suspended in hundreds of face and body washes, scrubs and toothpaste? They can pollute waterways and poison fish and birds. Environmentalists, politicians and others, including groups in Los Angeles, are taking action to ban plastic microbeads in personal care products, and the beauty industry is responding. Husband and wife Marcus Eriksen and Anna Cummins were so concerned with the "plague" of plastic marine pollution and its ecological impact that they founded the L.A.-based environmental organization 5 Gyres Institute. 5 Gyres isn't just battling the dramatic, obvious concerns such as floating, island-sized,...

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