“Researchers for the first time have put a price tag on the environmental damage done by the millions of tons of plastic floating around the world’s oceans: $13 billion a year.
They added that consumers can do their part to alleviate the problem. One place to start: Avoid personal care products containing polymer microbeads.” By David Kirby
Just when we thought that being beautiful was a contribution to the common weal! We discover again that the constraints of competition in large scale manufacturing processes causes damaging and persistent environmental consequences.
… How about this guideline: “If a product is manufactured and it cannot be disposed of without impact to the environment, the resulting costs of repair to the ecology should be assessed versus the manufacturer and applied to efforts to cleanup.”