Monday, October 26, 2015

Microbead consciousness

Microbeads are found in numerous aspects of our daily life. Soaps, toothpastes, body scrubs, and other products used on a daily basis all contain these tiny plastic beads. They seep through even the best water filtration systems and contaminate the waterways and ecosystem. There is a smartphone application that will allow one to determine if the product they are about to use or purchase contains microbeads. I saw via beatthemicrobead.org, the North Sea Foundation and the Plastic Soup foundation have created the "Beat the Microbead app". This will allow consumers to scan product barcodes make the determination.
California made strides this month joining many other states (many on the east coast) in making the Microbead ban official, according to the New York Times.
What can we do to help this cause? Download the app; when we go shopping take a few extra minutes to determine if what we're purchasing is harmful to the environment. Say no to microbeads and support the legislation decisions that are against them.

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