Tiny microplastics found in cosmetics, household cleaning products are secretly poisoning Lake Victoria
Using the Beat The MicroBead(BTMB) app, we randomly picked twelve cosmetics off a shelf in a supermarket to check if they contained microplastics.
Among the 11 products, 5 of them have microplastics in them. The products that have microplastic are; F and W exfoliating shower gel, Dove shower gel, Listerine Advanced Mouthwash(had sceptical microplastics), Pantene shampoo and conditioner and Johnson’s Face care gel wash. None of these products is a local product.
In humans, microbeads kill more than 1 million people. On average, an individual eats and inhales 70,000 plastic particles each year.
Women’s group in Kisumu creates products from plastic trash and water hyacinth, and has sent almost 300 orphans to school.
Polyethene, often used in bags, wrappers and films, contributes 60 per cent of analysed microplastic particles, thus making it the biggest of the plastic pollutants of Lake Victoria
Who is responsible for protecting the lake from pollution? What can be done to eradicate the said unsustainable human activities?
Up to 503,000 tonnes of plastic waste generated by Kenya; only 7% recycled.
A study revealed the presence of most microplastics in the vicinity of fish landing and recreational beaches.
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