It’s time to rethink the hygienic products we use. Those tiny little beads in our peach scented facial scrub are doing much more than just exfoliating our skin. A large number of studies have shown that these tiny microbeads have extremely harmful impacts on the environment.
Once they get swept down the sink, the beads don’t just simply disappear. Microbeads are too small to be caught in wastewater systems, and end up flowing out to pollute our rivers, lakes, and oceans.
In 2011, a survey of the Great Lakes showed that Lake Eerie had up to 600,000 plastic particles per square kilometer.
Thankfully President Obama signed a bipartisan bill in December that bans microbeads, but it won’t take affect until 2017. Just last week, Canada listed microbeads as toxic, and are likely to pass a ban on the product as well.
In the meantime, be conscious of the beauty and hygienic products you are using!
To find out if a product you are considering purchasing has microbeads, there is an app available from Beat The Microbead that will give information on any product when they are scanned.
Change your habits and change the world!