What are micro – beads, you may wonder, they are small plastic bits, basically 0.5 to 500 in diameter, which is mixed into our body scrubs, facial washes, toothpaste and other cosmetics. And, according to Plastic Free Seas, for the companies that have decided that they want to add this micro – beads into their products, for every 130 grams tube contains 1.476 million plastic micro – beads, that is a humungous amount of plastic, and, that is also proof that these micro – beads are tiny enough to fit a million of these into one tube.
Plastic has been the main topic recently on this blog, I admit, but it’s a big problem that we’ve got to stop using. First, it’s almost everywhere, in our houses, schools, and groceries. Then, It goes to our food, such as rice. Now, we will be concentrating on what has companies been mixing up and sneaking into our cosmetics! We have to get to the bottom of this. Stay with me guys.
To expound, what happens when you wash your face with these small deadly poop shaped plastics? Well, the facial wash, mixed with the micro – beads, goes down the drain, passes through the cleansing system (as it is too small to be stopped or seen) then goes free to sea, unbelievable. Unfortunately, micro beads act like a magnet, pulling in the toxics around it and making it even more dangerous. But, that’s not all. The micro beads then get eaten by plankton which gets eaten by fish which then eventually end up on our plate! Unlike big plastics which can be seen and get eaten by fish and other marine animals, you can’t see the micro – plastics and you won’t know it’s inside of that fish you’re eating right now! Trust me, you don’t want to eat plastic.
We need to ban these beads!!!
Also, you guys need to know that a lot of the micro – beads are found in exfoliators. This wrong doing was done because the people who thought of smuggling micro – beads into their products were being blinded by money. Here are a bunch of companies which have allowed their product to be contaminated with micro – beads:
- Acne Free
- Biore Skin Care
- Clean & Clear
- Laura Mercier
- Rite Aid
- YU – BU
[THESE PRODUCTS ARE USUALLY LABELLED RED BUT OF COURSE THEY DON’T PUT IT ON THE PRODUCT FOR PEOPLE TO KNOW, THAT WILL RUIN THEIR REPUTATION, DUH.]
These are less than half of the products which still have micro – beads. And, if case you’ll be shopping for new exfoliator or facial scrubs, I suggest you watch out for Polyethylene (PE) and Polypropylene in the ingredients. Also, you should also be suspicious with the super cheap prices -___- (pssst, be suspicious and spread the word).
You may have used most of the products up there and don’t know what to do or use anymore, well, we’ve got a solution (I’ll tell you in a bit). Here are the companies that do not want people faces to be rubbed with plastic:
Now, onto some of the countries that have them:
- Hong Kong
- New Zealand
- United State
Most of these countries and companies that stay in these places have tried banning it in their product and country but it might take a while. “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them” – Albert Einstein. It’s true, it’s also easier to mix a needle in a haystack but finding it and separating it and stopping it from harming someone who might suddenly start playing with the haystack will be a different and hard quest.
Time to fix this!!!
Ways to help our environment and ban micro – plastics!:
- Warn Others
- Prepare a school speech
- Tell your neighbors
- Join the fight against micro – plastics
- Support organizations that stop the use of plastics!!!!
- Download the Beat the MicroBead app from http://www.beatthemicrobead.org/ (this app works like this: Scan the barcode of your item and it will tell you if it contains micro – beads (pretty cool app (creds to BEAT THE MICROBEAD)))
- Avoid products which include polyethylene (PE) or polypropylene (PP), polyethylene terephthalate (PET), polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) or nylon (Bottom line, it’s all plastic – message from ban the bead)
- Boycott products which use micro – beads (when you do this you discourage these companies which use micro – beads to stop)