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Memes, Mexico, and Back: MF 4 It's a win for Mexico! They come back from 1-0 down to defeat NewZealand 2-1 in Sochi | ConfedCup MEXNZL

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Memes, ๐Ÿค–, and Kingdom: New Zealand will ban plastic microbeads by 2018 Clean newlook Clear ACTIVE NATURALS. NEUTROGENA DEEP CLEAN daily pore positively radiant. skin brightening daily scrub cleanser GENTLE SCRUB FREE even tone and oil free utrogenar T5502 (569) @Seekthetruth ScienceAlert.com- NewZealand is the latest country to take action against insidious plastic microbeads. Earlier this year, environment minister Nick Smith announced that microbeads would no longer be allowed in any cosmetics or personal care items, starting July 1, 2018, and that any company caught sneaking them into products would be fined NZ $100,000 (US $73,000). Microbeads are tiny plastic beads, usually manufactured from polypropylene or polyethylene, that are added to countless products as an exfoliant. Theyโ€™re used in a wide range of skin care products, such as facial scrubs, masks, cleansers, soaps, and toothpastes. Because they are so tiny, microbeads cannot be properly filtered out by wastewater treatment facilities and they end up in waterways. They never biodegrade and theyโ€™re being found in increasingly numbers of marineanimals. At a press conference, Smith expressed displeasure at companiesโ€™ slow movement toward banning microbeads: โ€œSome companies have already announced that their intention is to phase them out. I was surprised today, despite those commitments, seeing a very wide range of dozens and dozens of products, everything from shampoos to face cleaners to shaving creams to sunscreen and toothpaste containing these microbeads.โ€ New Zealand is joining Canada, the United States, Sweden, and the United Kingdom in taking a stance against microbeads. Unfortunately, Australia is waiting to see if the industry self-regulates before imposing an official ban, a move that Greenpeace says is ineffective. Not everyone is entirely pleased with Smithโ€™s move. Greenpeace wants to make sure that the ban will go beyond cosmetics and personal care products to include household cleaners that contain microbeads: โ€œWeโ€™ve seen other countries, like the United States, use narrow definitions that allow heaps of nasty products to stay on the shelves. We canโ€™t let that happen in New Zealand.โ€

ScienceAlert.com- NewZealand is the latest country to take action against insidious plastic microbeads. Earlier this year, environment minis...

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