The products that make your teeth smooth and give your skin a healthy glow can have unintended impacts on the environment.
Some soaps, toothpastes, and other cleaning products contain plastic "microbeads" as mild abrasives.
But it's okay... they wash down the drain. Oh, that's the problem... they get through treatment plants and end up in rivers, causing problems for wildlife.
That's why federal legislation will ban plastic microbeads in 2018, a move applauded by scientist Chelsea Rochman at the University of California-Davis.