Micro plastic beads in our toothpaste and scrubs
Microbeads are minute plastic beads that are manufactured and used in a wide variety of consumer products such as toothpaste and cosmetic scrubs. Patented in the 1970s these microbeads have only been used as a disposable entity in consumer products recently.
A major concern with microbeads is that because of their small size, they have a large surface area by volume, so as a consequence of their use, huge numbers of ready-made, highly efficient toxic accumulators are being intentionally discharged into waste water systems.
Three-quarters of the brands use microbeads with a modal size of less than 100 microns. Particles of this size are ingested by planktonic organisms at the base of the food chain. Over time these micro plastics are subjected to UV-degradation and absorb hydrophobic materials such as PCBs, making them smaller and more toxic over time. These plastics therefore pose an immediate and long-term threat to the health of the oceans and the food we eat as the plastics enter the food chain.
Companies that use these micro plastics include,
Nivea (Beiersdorf), Biore (Kao), Kiehl’s (L’Oreal), Lancome (L’Oreal), Olay (Proctor & Gamble), L’Oreal, Shiseido, Clinique, Boots, Estee Lauder, Superdrug, Gatsby (Mandom Corp), The Body Shop (L’Oreal), Darlie (Toothpaste), Neutrogena (Johnson & Johnson) (source Plastic Free Seas).
For more information on what you can do and which companies use these micro plastics in their products visit Plastic Free Sea