On a trip to Gambia in early 2014, Bianca Griffith visited a local wastewater dump with an enormous problem.

A friend of hers who works in government wanted her to see the Kotu Ponds in Gambia — the largest wastewater facility in the country — because recently, it couldn't handle its load. This meant that waste was overflowing onto the coast and surrounding areas, destroying the environment and spreading disease to animals, produce, and people.

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Your shower-time faves may be getting a big makeover soon. It's really good news.

People finally wised up to a really bad ingredient.

Microbeads are doing bad things to our world, friends.

They are tiny little pieces of plastic that companies have been adding to soap, toothpaste, and all kinds of products to give them a texture (think "exfoliating body wash") as well as take up space, requiring less actual product in the same size container.


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