Microbeads, we’re all familiar with them, right? You know, those micro sized balls that are probably in most of your face cleansers, body washes, and exfoliators?
Turns out, products containing these little guys are doing much more than just cleansing your skin. These small beads are designed to slide through your shower drain, enabling them to end up in bodies of water.
You can probably see where this is going… little plastic beads ending up in bodies of water… marine life consuming these plastic beads… Basically, the plastic beads clog up animal’s stomachs and are causing a tremendous negative impact towards the environment.
Another problem arising from these beads is that they are practically like micro sized sponges. They absorb all other pollutants that they pass through. This includes all of the toxins that are sitting in your shower drain as well as all of the other pollutants that are lurking in the major bodies of water that they are ending up in.
These beads have been unfavored by consumers for quite some time now. Lucky for the environment, their negative connotation has finally led them to hit the federal level.
Just a few days ago, (December 29, to be exact) The Microbead-Free Waters Act of 2015 was signed by President Obama. This act bans the addition of microbeads into most products.
Angry about your precious microbeads being taken away from you? Have no fear, some companies like, LUSH are producing exfoliating products which use sand rather than microbeads to give your skin the same effect. FRANK Body Scrub is also another company, which is working towards positive “microbeadless” body scrubs. This company uses coffee as its microbead replacement.
Cheers to a healthier environment!