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Wednesday, January 13, 2016 - 9:44am

Microbeads Banned, But Plastic Remains A Threat To Oceans

You may see some changes to your face wash or toothpaste soon thanks to a new law. Late last year, President Obama signed a bill banning microbeads - those tiny beads of plastic in products like exfoliating scrubs - because they can harm marine life. Professor Jay Brandes of UGA’s Skidaway Institute of Oceanography has studied microbeads. He explained to GPB’s Emily Jones how such tiny bits of plastic can still have a major impact.

Starting next month Brandes will be studying the impact of those microplastics off the Georgia coast with the help of local students and teachers.