Microbeads have been popularised by their ability to slough away dead skin cells, and can be found in multiple products from toothpaste, to dish soap. Contrary to the praise given for their exfoliating abilities, Microbeads can actually cause a lot of harm to our bodies - on a scale that we may not even notice.
When we wash our skin with microbeads, whilst they may remove some dead skin, they also cause microscopic cuts to the skin, which can lead to issues such as skin sensitivity, infection and acne. When you use microbeads in your mouth, they can trap bacteria, potentially leading to gingivitis. If you brush your teeth with microbeads, they have the potential to wear down the enamel and your gums.
Microbeads are in the kinds of products that people use on a daily basis, which means they get flushed down the sink in massive quantities where they end up polluting local water sources.
Microbeads are small enough that fish can swallow them. The plastic is toxic for the fish that are eventually eaten by other aquatic species, who in turn are poisoned by the microbeads. They are also easily spread about, polluting our ocean floor and beaches.
To avoid purchasing products containing the plastic spheres, look for polyethylene (PE), polypropylene (PP), polyethylene terephthalate (PET), or polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA), Nylon (PA) on the ingredients list.
Alternatively, you could always make your own products! check out the recipe link for home-made toothpaste to the right.
Take care of your body - brush, scrub and wash gently - and take care of our planet by reducing your waste.
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Each year, 8 million tons of plastics enter our oceans.
Fleece and synthetic clothing shed microplastics into the water with each washing. In fact, a fleece jacket sheds about 2,000 pieces of plastic per washing.