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Beware Products with Microbeads

Its National Kitchen & Bath Month, so we thought it would be a good time to take stock of personal care products that you are using in those rooms and rid yourself of anything that might be harmful. You may have noticed that over time many personal care products that want an extra boost of exfoliating and cleaning power are adding Microbeads. These are tiny little plastic beads that are included in so many products in both your kitchen and bathroom including toothpaste, body scrubs, hand washing gels, dish soaps, hand soaps and more. But microbeads have come under fire lately for causing both environmental and human health issues.

Its National Kitchen & Bath Month, so we thought it would be a good time to take stock of personal care products that you are using in those rooms and rid yourself of anything that might be harmful.


You may have noticed that over time many personal care products that want an extra boost of exfoliating and cleaning power are adding Microbeads. These are tiny little plastic beads that are included in so many products in both your kitchen and bathroom including toothpaste, body scrubs, hand washing gels, dish soaps, hand soaps and more.


But microbeads have come under fire lately for causing both environmental and human health issues.

 

 

Because Microbeads are not biodegradable, That means they get flushed into the water system when you brush your teeth, take a shower or wash your hands. While flowing through the water system they can pick up insecticides toxins and industrial chemicals. Once they get out to sea they they can be can eaten by fish and poison them. Canada has banned products containing microbeads for these environmental hazards.


But microbeads can also create problems for people who use them. Some dental professionals claim that when microbeads are in toothpaste they can contribute to buildups of plaque, tartar and gingivitis by getting stuck under the gums. Currently, however, there are no major studies that show actually widespread proof of that claim. Still, other health watchers say facial scrubs containing microbead allow them to get under the skins and cause irritation and infections.


The human and environmental factors have combined to prompt several states to change their laws to ban the sale of health and beauty products containing microbeads. Illinois and New Jersey earlier this year stopped selling products with microbeads. While California , Minnesota, New York, Ohio and other states have proposed laws under consideration.


Some personal care companies have already committed to phasing out microbeads by 2017 including LOreal (Biotherm by 2015, The Body Shop by 2015 and the remainder of product lines by 2017), Johnson & Johnson, Procter & Gamble, Unilever and Colgate-Palmolive.


The good news is that there are many products that dont contain microbeads. You can find out which products have microbeads by carefully reading labels. If polyethylene or polypropylene listed as ingredients, these products contain plastic microbeads. There's also a helpful app called Beat The Microbead that lets you know which products on the market contain microbeads.


But replacing the microbead with something else - even if its a natural ingredient also has its issues. Companies have to take into consideration the factors of safety to consumers and the environment, efficacy, sustainable sourcing of materials and costs. Exfolients with jojoba beads, for example, are more expensive to produce.


Certain commonly used substances for exfolients such as sugar and walnut shells can cause other problems. Natural carbon sources such as sugar and walnut shells could cause an excess of decomposing organic matter that starts to deplete oxygen levels in the water, all of which causes aquatic organisms to die, decompose and cause further dissolved oxygen depletion.


We hate to advocate wasting products, but clearing your bathroom shelves, shower and under your sink of all microbead products can help you in the long run. Until these issues are resolved, just say no to the microbeads. If you feel that you need a little more exfoliating power - think about a non-microbead product and using a loofah, washcloth or bath pouf to slough off dead skins cells. Theyll get you just as silky and smooth and have no ill effects on your body or the environment.

 

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