Microbeads could be in your body wash. But they’re probably all around you.
What are microbeads?
Tiny plastic particles that are max. 1 mm circumference that are used in certain cosmetics products such as toothpastes and face and body washes. They’re added to either make them more foamy, to make them look better or to exfoliate.
Wastewater treatments can’t filter these microbeads, and that’s how billions of microbeads are getting into our oceans, lakes, and rivers every single day.
If the beads make it to our waters, they’re making it to our food too. There are probably microbeads in your body right now.
How can we avoid buying products with microbeads?
Avoid these ingredients: polyethylene, polypropylene, polyethylene terephthalate or polymethyl methacrylate.
It all boils down to being a conscious consumer. Read the ingredient-list before purchasing and verify if there are any nasties out there. Watch out for greenwashing (don’t always trust the labels).
Why do the manufacturers add microbeads to those products? This is such an interesting take I found at Story of Stuff: the beads are smoother than nature exfoliators which means they can be used every day which means you’ll go out and buy more!
It seems, dear readers, that it’s all about the money. And, my friends, our planet and all its inhabitants suffer the consequences.
Countries that have banned or are in the process of banning microbeads:
(Celebrate the good guys)
- The Netherlands
Do you want to find out whether your products contain microbeads? Here’s a good resource to see if the product you’re using contains microbeads or not.
Listen to this week’s podcast to learn more about living life without plastic.