Consequences of microbead: What makes microbeads problematic

In the world of great discoveries that cure or add a positive element to our everyday existence, the invention of microbeads hasn’t proven to be one of them. Not alone in its quick rise to popularity and slow journey to extinction, the microbead is just one of numerous products rushed to market before its long term effects are uncovered. In the field of medicine, for instance, at least 35 drugs have been banned by the FDA – many long after they were approved and commonly prescribed. The same is true for the microbead, born from the development of thermoplastics, a result of the scarcity of natural rubber at the beginning of World War II. Found to have a multitude of commercial applications, the ingredient was quickly added to the formulation of cosmetic products. 

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