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These beads are usually under a millimetre in width. Each bottle of exfoliants is packed with millions of these little scrubbers. The problem is that most of these exfoliating beads are typically made from different varieties of air-blasted plastics and they are designed to be washed down the drain after every use.

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The plastic has huge impacts on marine life. King explained that 86 per cent of sea turtles, 44 per cent of sea birds and 43 percent of marine mammals are affected by plastic debris floating in the ocean. One of the significant problems with plastic in our oceans is that plastics do not break down at a significant rate, but rather fragment into smaller pieces which become enticing snacks that resemble food to sea creatures. When a seabird, or fish, or other species ingests the piece of plastic, the amount of toxin is many times the amount that they would be exposed to otherwise, and can often be poisonous.

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