Microplastics: Hidden source of beach pollution

Residents of Navarre and Gulf Breeze have been dumping pounds of plastic into the Gulf of Mexico for years without knowing it. Every time they go through their morning routine there is plastic slipping down the drain in the form of microbeads.

These tiny balls of polyethylene are used as exfoliators and found in everyday items we use on our bodies such as toothpaste, exfoliating face wash and other cosmetics and cleaners.

Most people do not even realize microbeads exist said Chris Verlinde of the UF/IFAS Extension Santa Rosa County Sea Grant Extension.

Read the full article in the Jan. 19 issue of Navarre Press. Click here to subscribe for as little as $38 per year.

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