Stop the Microbeads

When I first read about plastic microbeads, I couldn’t believe that anybody could be so stupid as to see a use for these in anything, particularly in health care products. But as usual, the mindless, soulless bean counters at Procter & Gamble, and other companies saw nothing but a chance to make a few more bucks.

These microbeads, or “polyethylene microspheres”, are too small to be picked up by sewage treatment, so they make their way through the process and wind up in lakes, rivers and oceans. Fish mistake them for food and gobble them up only to die from contamination or physical damage due to the accumulation of the tiny pieces of plastic in their stomachs. Don’t forget that they’ll last pretty much forever. Your great grandkids will be coming out of the ocean after a swim with these things clinging to them.

How many have been released in to the wild? A simple facewash with Clean & Clear’s facial scrub can send more than 300,000 beads down your drain. Just think of the impact that only one person has using these products.

Who could possibly have thought that this was a good idea? Executives at beauty companies raced to add these to their useless product lines without a care in the world, and with the knowledge that they would be polluting our water supply at a horrendous rate. Some are fighting legislation and others are looking for loopholes in the law.

Don’t we have laws in place that provide for the prosecution of those that produce and/or sell toxic products such as this, so that we don’t have to wait around for some slow moving legislation? What about intent?

At least states are finally responding by enacting legislation to ban the use of microbeads.

Here’s your starter list of products that contain microbeads:

Aveeno Active Naturals Positively Radiant Skin Brightening Daily Scrub

Aveeno Active Naturals Positively Ageless Resurfacing Scrub with Vitamin C

Aveeno Active Naturals Clear Complexion Cream Cleanser

Bath & Body Works Pure Paradise 2-in-1 Body Scrub and Wash

Clean & Clear Advantage 3-in 1 Exfoliating Cleanser

Clean & Clear Morning Burst Facial Scrub – Oil Free

Clean & Clear Blackhead Eraser Scrub – Oil Free

Clean & Clear Deep Action Exfoliating Scrub – Oil Free

Clean & Clear Daily Pore Cleanser – Oil Free

Clearasil Reckit Benckiser Daily Clear – Refreshing Superfruit Scrub

Clinque Estée Lauder Companies 7 Day Scrub Cream Rinse-Off Formula

Clinque Estée Lauder Companies Exfoliating Scrub

CVS Pharmacy Oil-free acne scrub

Dermalogica Clear Start – Blackhead Clearing Pore Control Scrub

Every Man Jack Face Scrub Pre-Shave Mint

Every Man Jack Body Wash and Shower Gel – Citrus Scrub

Hempz Sandalwood & Apple Herbal Body Scrub

Kiehl’s Facial Fuel-Energizing Scrub – Skin Buffer for Men

Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective – Skin Brightening Exfoliator

Olay Treatment

Olay Moisturizer

Olay Prof. Exfoliating Renewal Cleanser

Rite Aid Renewal DIY Regenerating Cleanser

Rite Aid Renewal Regenerating Micro Refining Cream

Rite Aid Renewal Acne Body Scrub Clear

Rite Aid Renewal Acne Wash Daily Scrub Oil-Free

Rite Aid Renewal Bright Skin Daily Face Scrub

Rite Aid Renewal Exfoliating Cleanser

Up & Up (Target Brand) Exfoliating Body Wash – Pomegranate Seeds

Up & Up (Target Brand) Blackhead Facial Scrub with Salicylic Acid

Up & Up (Target Brand) Acne Wash Oil-Free Pink Grapefruit Foaming Scrub

Up & Up (Target Brand) Renewing Cleanser

Victoria’s Secret 2-in-1 Wash and Scrub

Walgreens Blackhead Clearing Scrub


Crest Pro Health

Crest Pro Health for Me

Crest Sensitivity

Crest Complete Multi Benefit

Crest 3D White

Crest 3D White Luxe


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