• Michael Stachowitsch


As social mammals, we need to do a lot to keep ourselves presentable. This requires tons of products, many of which somehow find their way onto beaches. It starts off with the toddlers (diapers) and doesn’t get any more hygienic with age (tampon applicators and condoms). Not to mention the ubiquitous combs and toothbrushes. And let’s not forget entire toilets along with their sundry fittings, brushes, brush holders, toilet bowl cleansers and disinfectants, toilet bowl tabs and their holders, and plungers when things go wrong. We don’t need to get into the toilet paper discussion, or do we?


Condom Diaper Tampon Toilet Toilet brush Toilet seat 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael Stachowitsch
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  1. 1.Department of Limnology and Bio-OceanographyUniversity of ViennaViennaAustria

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