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Julieanne
05-29-15, 11:10 AM
Julia Lurie
May 27 2015

California is the latest state to consider banning products with microbeads, the tiny pieces of plastic, often less than a millimeter wide, that have become a popular addition to cosmetics and personal care products. Usually made of polyethylene, microbeads primarily serve as exfoliants in face washes and body scrubs, but also can be found in toothpastes, lip balms, moisturizing creams, and makeup. A single tube of face scrub contains about 350,000 (http://www.5gyres.org/blog/posts/2015/5/23/journey-of-the-plastic-microbeads-from-science-to-legal-policy) microbeads, according to environmental non-profit 5 Gyres Institute. Plastic microbeads are often cheaper than other common natural exfoliants like apricot seeds, coconut husks, or diatomaceous earth. But recently, consumers and politicians have become concerned about their impact on the environment and human health.

Read more: https://www.organicconsumers.org/news/your-toothpaste-may-be-loaded-tiny-plastic-beads-never-go-away

Islander
05-30-15, 04:45 PM
Those microbeads are in everything and they really mess up marine life. Who ever thought this was a good idea?