Little plastic balls

IMG_2856Research on Winterwatch earlier this year, revealed an alarming presence in otter spraints. 40% of the poo dissected was found to contain little plastic beads. These beads are found in cosmetics – particularly facial scrubs – and find their way through our sewage systems and into our rivers. Here they are swallowed by fish and then, being indigestible, remain in the stomach or gut until the fish dies. A build up of these beads could kill a fish, and would certainly slow them down, which is why they find their way into the otters. The implications are rather worrying, so check your bathroom cabinets and, please, check what you are buying when you’re next in Boots. (or any other High Street Pharmacy)

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