There is an almost invisible threat found in some face scrubs, body washes and even tooth pastes that is hurting our environment: microbeads.

These microbeads are tiny bits of plastic used for scrubbing, and they slip through the drains and straight into our waterways. The tiny plastic balls then soak up toxins and chemicals, and are ingested by marine life. Marine species can not differentiate between micro-plastics and their normal food- so they harm themselves, but also the humans that consume seafoods.

This plastic pollution is becoming a serious issue in the Great Lakes, which contain more than 20% of the world’s freshwater. Scientists estimate there could be 1.7  million pieces of micro-plastic in every square mile of Great Lakes.

It’s time to stop using microbeads! Some states are taking control banning microbeads from being used. Several companies like Procter & Gamble, Johnson and Johnson, Dove, Vaseline and Colgate-Palmolive have already pledged to phase out the use of microbeads. So check your labels! If it says polyethylene or polypropylene on the label, that indicates there's plastic in it. Sometimes, it will even say "Microbeads." Look into buying eco-friendly exfoliant, or look up simple recipes to make your own!

 

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