Polyethylene etc. (Microbeads)

hadohMicrobeads: Tiny, barely visible plastic balls used in a variety of cosmetic products. In ingredient lists, they are otherwise known as:

  • Polyethylene (PE)
  • Polypropylene (PP)
  • Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET)
  • Polymethlyl Methacrylate (PMMA)

Side note: I used sprinkles here – microbeads are much smaller. 

IMG_8263aBecause microbeads are so small, filters are unable to prevent these beads from going into our oceans, rivers and gulfs

IMG_8243aMicrobeads absorb toxic chemicals like pesticides and motor oil, becoming (sometimes up to a million times) more poisonous than the polluted water around it.

IMG_8233c copyFish consume these beads and the toxins are then embedded into their flesh.(Your sashimi/fish meat will become poisonous).

IMG_8117bMicrobeads can be found in facial wash/scrub, body wash and toothpaste. Sometimes they are also found in some lip glosses or nail art (e.g. “nail caviar” which usually contains PMMA).

IMG_8075aCheck if anything you’re using has microbeads here or check if the label mentions any of the ingredients listed above. 

IMG_8110bGreat scrub alternatives include micro-luffa (e.g. Minus 417’s Facial Wash), jojoba beads (e.g. Origins’ GinZing Scrub Cleanser) and many more !

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