TECHNOLOGY EXISTS TO AVOID DAMAGING OUR OCEANS BY USING A BIODEGRADABLE ALTERNATIVE TO PLASTIC MICROBEADS
Micropore's unique technology, could allow the mass production of sustainable biodegradable microbeads to replace the harmful plastic beads that Sir David Attenborough says are poisoning Earth’s oceans.
The BBC Blue Planet II series is drawing public attention to the ecologically damaging plastic microbeads added to personal care and cleaning products that are now posing an extinction-level threat to birds, fish and other marine life when they end up in rivers and oceans.
As a result of recent campaigning by environmental groups, countries around the world are now taking action against micro plastics and personal care products containing microbeads are being taken off the shelves. However, earlier this year, a research team from the University of Bath announced the development of a process for the production of a biodegradable renewable alternative to plastic microbeads.