Some face scrubs & toothpastes contain microbeads.
Microbeads poison our oceans and waterways.
WHAT ARE MICROBEADS?
Have you noticed that your facial scrub, toothpaste or body wash have these tiny colored beads in them? Those are microbeads and they are made from polyethylene and polypropylene. What you didn’t know is that a few years ago companies added them to your favorite product instead of natural exfoliants. You probably also didn’t realize that TRILLIONS of these beads are going directly into our waters and causing havoc.
HOW DO MICROBEADS GET IN OUR OCEANS AND WATERWAYS?
While you can choose to recycle some forms of plastic, you can’t choose where those microbeads go. They go down your drain, through public sewer systems and often go into rivers, lakes and waterways. Some sewage sludge gets used as fertilizer and those beads seep into soil.
MICROPLASTICS THREATEN MARINE WILDLIFE.
Over 663 species of marine wildlife are affected by plastic pollution through ingestion or entanglement. Microplastic particles in water attract other pollutants in the environment including PCBs, flame-retardants, and other industrial chemicals. These microplastic particles are ending up back on the dinner table.
TAKE A STAND AND STOP USING TOXIC MICROBEADS!
Microbeads are only one form of plastic in our waters, but easily preventable. A coalition of non profits fought hard for a U.S. ban on microbeads that will take place in 2018. People like you made that happen. But what about the two years of microbeads still going down your drain? What about the billions of microbeads being used internationally? The good news is you can make a difference!