Your soft skin is ruining our planet! Pressure to ban microbeads builds

Published On April 2, 2015 | By Keri | Middays

(^^^^those products use NATURAL abrasives not microbeads)

You know those products you have that contain ‘microbeads’? The scrubs, hand sanitizers, the soaps etc?

Yah, well they are choking our waters.

Back in late 2013, a paper on pollution was published, describing how much damage to our planet these teeny tiny plastic (P L A S T I C!!!) microbeads are creating.

Lake Michigan had an average of 17,000 microbeads per square kilometer, but some parts of Lake Ontario had as many as 1.1 million beads per square kilometer.

According to some sources, just one bottle of Clean & Clear facial scrub can put as many as 330,000 microbeads down the drain.

Problem is, these beads are so small they aren’t being filtered out at wastewater facilities, making its way to our lakes, where they are coating the bottom and choking out plant life.

Some aquatic creatures even mistake them for fish eggs and eat them. But unable to digest the particles, their stomachs become filled with the plastic beads until they ultimately starve to death.


Unfortunately, the plastic alone isn’t the only problem. Plastic can act like a sponge for pollutants like motor oils and pesticides. These toxins could work their way into bloodstreams all the way up the food chain, even into the fish eaten by humans.

Illinois and New Jersey, have been sufficiently concerned by microbeads to ban them already. And now here in Ontario, a similar bill has had its second reading and there is hope that microbeads will be listed as a toxic substance in the Canadian Environmental Protection Act.

So, what can you do?

Look for products with natural ingredients…oatmeal, ground almonds, cocoa beans, rice and bamboo (heck, what’s wrong with a facecloth?)

Some ingredients you will WANT to stay away from include polyethylene (PE), polypropylene (PP), polyethylene terephthalate (PET), polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) and nylon.

Long story short…stop buying stuff with microbeads in them. NOW.



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