Microbeads ban sought in New York over environmental concerns

February 11, 2014 5:54 PM

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Microbeads ban sought in New York over environmental concerns

New York aims to be the first state to ban the use of plastic microbeads widely used in cosmetics, such as facial scrubs, after the tiny exfoliating beads have been found in alarming levels in the state's lakes and other waters.

Scientists warn that the microbeads, which are not biodegrable, are too small to be removed by the water treatment process and end up in lakes, rivers and oceans. They are then ingested by fish and other animals, potentially ending up in the food chain.

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