Tag Archives: personal care products

Cocaine in the Water Is Hurting River Eels

The Earth’s waters are laced with drugs—from prescription and over-the counter medications, to caffeine, to antibiotics from personal care products. Marine environments are also tainted with illegal drugs, and a recent study demonstrates just how harmful these illicit substances can be to aquatic wildlife. As Michael Marshall reports for New Scientist, researchers in Italy have found that small amounts of cocaine in water can make eels hyperactive and cause significant muscle damage. >click to read<16:41

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, New Legislation To Ban Plastic Microbeads In Personal Care Products

Fish and birds think they’re food, and they eat them. Not only does this disrupt the food chain and contaminate significant portions of the wildlife population here, but it hurts our commercial and recreational fishing industries, because they can’t sell – and we can’t eat – a catch that’s contaminated with toxic plastic.” Read the rest here 09:39

Great Lakes plagued by tiny plastic beads

We posted this on July 30, 2013, Initial samples from several Great Lakes are teeming with abrasive “microbeads,” or tiny bits of polyethylene plastic commonly used as exfoliants in face soaps, body washes, toothpastes and other personal care products [email protected]  14:32

Pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs) are found in surface waters worldwide. Wastewater treatment plant effluent is a major source

fishFate and Transport of Three Pharmaceuticals in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta – The sharp decline of four pelagic fish species in the Delta in the last decade is just one of several indicators that the ecosystem is severely impaired. Several wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) discharge into the Delta, directly or through tributaries. Link