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At this point, it should be no secret that your toothpaste and facial scrub have plastic in them. But what do the plastics do? And which products have them? To start, there are two main plastic types in your products such as, microbeads and microplastics. Microbeads were invented in the 1970s, introduced and advertised as a revolutionary exfoliator soon after. Since then, a myriad of companies have incorporated microbeads into their merchandise. In reality, these tiny rounds of polyethylene plastics don’t even do the job they are supposed to do and are sent to the ocean and lake waters through your drains. Why should you care? Marine animals wrongly think they are eating plankton and then humans end up consuming the plastic in their food. Aveeno, Clean & Clear, Crest, and Neutrogena products have one or both plastic types!
If you have lost all hope here is something to think about; the previous president Barack Obama signed off the Microbeads-Free Water Act of 2015, which bans the manufacturing of products with plastics beginning July 1, 2017. Key word the manufacturing, these products will still be on the shelves at your local drugstores! When purchasing your health and beauty products, you can use this list of 67 microplastics handy and look for jojoba beads (which are a natural and nonplastic exfoliator) in scrubs. In order to ensure that you are avoiding plastics, you can DIY your facial scrubs with using ingredients such as almond powder, brown sugar, cocoa powder, or oats.
Ways to rid yourself of your current plastic fueled products:
SUNY Fredonia Attn: Sherri Mason
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Filter out your products: http://grist.org/living/ask-umbra-whats-a-girl-to-do-with-soap-thats-full-of-plastic-microbeads/
Visit beatthemicrobead.org for lists of plastics, environmentally friendly products, and more information!