Paul Rogers of Mercury News reports, “San Francisco Bay is contaminated with widespread pollution from billions of tiny pieces of plastic in greater concentrations than the Great Lakes, Chesapeake Bay and other major U.S. bodies of water, according to a groundbreaking new study.
At least 3.9 million pieces of plastic pour into the bay every day from eight large sewage treatment plants — a relentless torrent of litter that ranges from tiny “microbeads” found in cosmetics, facial scrubs and toothpastes, to bits of synthetic fabric from fleece jackets, pants and other clothes, which break down as they are washed.”
Cover image: A sample of microbeads collected in Lake Erie. The beads, made of plastic, are a popular ingredient in skin care products. Carolyn Box/AP/Courtesy 5gyres.org