Plastic microbeads: small bits with a big impact

It seems to me that microbeads are a solution without a compelling problem, but which have the potential to *cause* compelling problems. I mean, really - facial scrubs? toothpaste? C'mon folks - lets get rid of the things.

“The concern is that these microbeads then make it up the food chain,” said Philippe Van Cappellen, an ecohydrology professor at the University of Waterloo who spoke to CBC’s The Morning Edition in March. “Since they’re so small, they also have a large surface relative to their mass and certain contaminants that are present in the environment can actually preferentially accumulate on those microbeads.”