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 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 Complete Multi Benefit
Crest 3D White
Crest 3D White Luxe