So babes, here’s the scoop about microbeads.
Microbeads are tiny plastic beads found in scrubs, shampoo, toothpaste and other products as exfoliating and cleansing agents. Cosmetic companies found they were cheaper than using natural alternatives, so “micro-scrubs” were commercialized as a hot product on the market for awhile. But now…they’re in big trouble!
Did you know that every time you reach for a microbead scrub to de-flake yourself, you’re about to destroy something else?
Sounds crazy, but it’s true.
These poisonous pellets may be tiny, but don’t underestimate the damage these bad boys can do. Microbeads pose a major threat to wildlife and ecosystems. While not toxic themselves, when passed through water systems they soak up other toxic substances like a sponge. Once released into rivers, lakes or oceans, they are consumed by fish and other creatures, and further endanger the food chain and the environment we live in.
So how does a babe like you scrub away the dirt from the day without doing damage?
Detox your skin routine and decide to go the natural route!
Plan ahead: Scan labels for the addition of harmful microbeads. They are listed as ingredients called polyethylene or polypropylene. Also, check out the organization Beat the Microbead for a list of products known to contain these nasties.
Protect the planet: Dump any microbead products you may still have. Environmentalists say never ever pour them down any type of drain – that’s exactly how they spread into water systems. The safest way to get rid of these beadie pollutants is to leave them in containers, tighten lids, and dispose with regular trash.
Play it safe: Choose your go-to exfoliating products carefully and only select ones that use ingredients straight from nature. Remember, companies that are conscious about not including one nasty ingredient tend to keep other toxic junk out of their formulas as well.