Used in face and body scrubs, lotions, toothpastes, and other beauty products as exfoliating agents, microbeads (polyethylene, polypropylene) are tiny plastic beads that do not break down in water, thus are being washed down our drains and wreaking havoc on our waterways. Not only should we worry about our water, but the MANY animals that call our waterways home.
Because of their tiny size, (defined in the U.S. as less than 5 millimeters at its largest dimension) they pass through sewage treatment plants with ease, which results in plastic particle water pollution. It may seem like a few plastic beads down the drain is no big deal, but when a single tube of face wash can contain up to 330,000 microbeads, and thousands of these products being sold on a daily basis, this creates a HUGE deal for our water and beloved animals.
Many groups have been formed in hopes to ban the microbead. One of them, 5GYRES, is passionate about his issue and has created a website with useful information on microbeads, and a petition to sign to help ban the bead. I highly encourage you to follow the link below, become more aware of this issue, and sign the petition. If enough of us ban together, we can help end microbead pollution. Click below.