Plastic Microbeads and Why They Have Been Banned

The plastic microbeads used inside exfoliants, face wash, toothpaste, deodorant and more have now been banned by the U.S. gov’t. Manufacturing plastic at such a tiny scale and then disseminating them by the tens of thousands into nearly every American home turned out to be a really, really bad idea. Our wastewater treatment plants are not designed to breakdown these plastic microbeads. They do not biodegrade, so they stay in the ground and waterways virtually forever.

Microplastics may be small, but they’re causing big problems for our environment and our health. These tiny pieces of plastic used in personal care products are designed to go down the drain and into our lakes, rivers, and oceans — by the billions every day. They absorb toxins in the water, are eaten by marine life, and can make their way up the food chain all the way to our dinner plates.

Thanks to our Community members flexing their citizen muscles, by 2017 it will be illegal to sell a personal care product containing plastic microbeads – a huge victory for our waterways and public health. This policy provides a precedent setting model for the rest of the world to replicate and is an important stepping stone to tackling plastic pollution in our oceans.

The Aloe Source Jojoba Radiance Cleansing Polish

So what do you do now that your favorite exfoliate is now discontinued? Look into our Jojoba exfoliating cleanser.
Our Jojoba Radiance Face Wash is created with genuine jojoba microbeads that gently exfoliate while dissolving completely in water. It’s one of the few non-plastic exfoliating cleansers on the market with an affordable price.

 

 

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