The Story of Stuff Project in The Sacramento Bee!
Tiny Plastics Likely Polluting Sacramento River, UC Davis Researcher Says.
By Edward Ortiz. A UC Davis researcher is studying whether tiny bits of plastic used in face washes, toothpaste and other consumer products are accumulating in Sacramento-area rivers and flowing out to the Pacific Ocean.
Microbeads are tiny synthetic particles barely noticeable to the human eye. They are so small that five can fit on the edge of a penny.
Their small size also means they don’t get filtered out of the wastewater that flows from homes to sewage-treatment plants. For this reason, a growing number of scientists are pushing for them to be phased out.