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    Priti Mahesh, Chief Programme Coordinator, Toxics Link who was part of this study pointed out that these tiny beads get washed down the drains when you use these products, evade routine filtration systems at water treatment or sewage treatment plants and eventually get discharged to the waterways and the oceans.A total of 18 personal care products covering 16 major consumer brands were collected and tested in a certified laboratory under the scope of this study.Secondary microplastics from the breakdown of plastic products were also a major source of marine pollution, the statement said..Different categories of rinse-off and live-on cosmetic products of varied leading brands were tested for microplastics in the study which found that 28 per cent of all the tested products contained microplastics.Microbeads are non-biodegradable, tiny plastic particles, that pose a serious threat to the environment, especially marine animals.Microplastics were mistaken as food particles and ingested by marine life, thus blocking their digestive tract and damaging digestive systems.Microbeads, generally smaller than 1 mm in size, were added to personal care products for various functions such as exfoliation and for its abrasive property, it pointed out."50 per cent of the facewash products and 67 per cent of the facial scrubs are found to contain microplastics.Many cosmetics available in the Indian market contain microplastics or microbeads, a new study by an environment research and policy advocacy body has found.The new study, "Eco Personal Care Product, Microplastics in Cosmetics", was carried out to investigate the presence of microbeads in personal care and cosmetic products (PCCP) available and sold in India."These toxic and harmful chemicals ultimately move up the food chain and reach human beings."Microplastics adsorb highly toxic endocrine disrupting chemicals, persistent China acrylic lotion bottle Manufacturers organic pollutants and organo chlorine pesticides which adversely impacts the reproductive system of marine species. 50 per cent of facewash samples and 67 per cent of scrubs tested confirmed the presence of these tiny pollutants."The results indicate presence of microplastics in most of the rinse off cosmetics such as face wash and scrubs. The direct impact on human health is still being studied," associate director Satish Sinha said. The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) had also classified microbeads as unsafe for use in cosmetic products but their use was still allowed. Microplastic was not detected in any of the live on products included in the study," it said.Microbeads have been recognized as a pollutant globally and are being banned in many countries but there has been little action in India.It said that microplastics in cosmetics were being banned in many countries."Plastic in cosmetics is an avoidable use and needs to be phased out to safeguard our oceans and all living beings," said director Ravi Agarwal.Referring to the study, Toxics Link said next time when people clean their face with a scrub or facewash, they should think twice, as they might be contributing to the dwindling fish population. Research studies done earlier had also shown presence of microplastics in packaged water across many cities in the world, including Delhi, Chennai and Mumbai. Predominating microplastics detected in the product samples is polyethylene," it said in a statement
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