Microbeads: 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.
Because microbeads are so small, filters are unable to prevent these beads from going into our oceans, rivers and gulfs.
Microbeads absorb toxic chemicals like pesticides and motor oil, becoming (sometimes up to a million times) more poisonous than the polluted water around it.
Fish consume these beads and the toxins are then embedded into their flesh.(Your sashimi/fish meat will become poisonous).
Microbeads 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).
Check if anything you’re using has microbeads here or check if the label mentions any of the ingredients listed above.