Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy Microbead-free Year

I'm not big on New Year's resolutions but this year, I'm making one conscious change in our home by removing all products that contain microbeads.

Happy New Year, by the way! What am I talking about and why? Microbeads. Bad for the environment. I just saw an article in (published last night), with the headline "The U.S. Just Banned Microbeads, Those Tiny Plastic Environmental Disasters In Your Face Wash" and it details the Microbead-free Waters Act of 2015. Manufacturers will have to be rid of all microbead products in a year's time. I got rid of it all last month but not before taking a few pictures to help you figure out what to look for.

The main culprit would the teeny-tiny polyethylene beads mixed in with your favorite facial scrub or possibly your toothpaste. If it says microbeads/micro-beads on the front and has polyethylene in the ingredients list, you know you've got one that you need to chuck right now.

My husband is a big Crest fan and I think the entire Pro-Health line has these little plastic scrubbies in them. So, out to the trash they went. Yes, even the travel-size samples from the dentist's office. The Olay Regenerist Brightening Cream Cleanser I wrote about last June has it and I've since tossed that (it's the item pictured at the very top of this post). Sadly, even old standby products I had, the Clinique 7-Day Scrub Cream and the old Laura Mercier Face Polish all have microbeads. So I've had to dispose of several tubes, all unopened and unused. Most of them were GWPs. Otherwise, I would have taken them back to the store and gotten my money back.

If you need to know why, it's because these little plastic beads are so tiny that the wastewater treatment plants can't catch them and they get tossed right back into the environment. They're not biodegradeable so they basically live forever, getting tossed around from place to place, ending up in our rivers and streams. Imagine the fish... eating them... you eating the fish. OMG. Or perhaps the fish die before they can be caught and consumed. Either way, not a pretty picture.

So, for now, weed it all out of your system. Get the products out of your bathroom. I wish there was a better way to dispose of them, other than simply putting them in the trash (how about we mail it all back to P&G?). If anybody knows, do tell! And best of all, just stop buying them. Even if it's on sale (which I bet you, there will be plenty of this year), DO NOT BUY!

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