Microbeads can be found in almost every type of beauty and self-care products nowadays, but were you aware of the harmful effects these tiny beads have on our environment? Microbeads are very small pieces of plastic that can be found in a wide variety of products. These microbeads are so small that they cannot be filtered out of the water, meaning they go into our water supply.
The most frustrating part of this plastic pollution is that sometimes these beads have absolutely no real purpose for being in these products. They can be found in toothpastes, face washes, lotions and they are normally added just for a pop of color. Occasionally, they are used as a method of exfoliating the skin in face washes. When they are in toothpaste, they can become lodged in gums which can lead to infection, gingivitis or periodontal disease.
Back in June, Congressman Fran Pallone introduced a piece of legislation to the House of Representatives, banning the sale of products containing microbeads in the US by the year 2018. These beads are contaminating our water sources and are being ingested by our fish and wildlife. Since these small particles of plastic are almost impossible to remove from our waters, we need to ban the act of selling all products containing these harmful pollutants.
There are plenty of alternatives that cosmetic makers can utilize to make microbeads more environmentally friendly. Currently most microbeads are petroleum-based plastics such as polyethylene and polypropylene which are not biodegradable and will stay in our oceans. Other options for eco-friendly microbeads include almonds, sea salts and ground apricot pits. Some companies have already jumped on this environmental bandwagon but of course, there are still some who haven’t.
A great way to do your part in this plastic microbead epidemic is to refuse to buy products that contain these harmful and unnecessary products. There is no excuse for polluting our waterways and harming our animals when there are smarter and environmentally friendlier options out there. The best way to get these companies to stop using plastic microbeads is to ban the use of this product. You can find many petitions about this topic on Change.org.
Hopefully by the year 2018, plastic microbeads will no longer be found in common beauty products. Budget Dumpster is in the waste removal industry and we do our best to cause the least amount of harm possible on the environment. We understand that we contribute to our nation’s pollution issue and this is why we do our best to recycle as much as possible. We have taken our stand against plastic microbeads and now it’s your turn!