Last month, President Obama signed the bill for Microbead-Free Waters Act of 2015. This Act will ban all microbeads product in the US starting from year 2017.
The microbeads that commonly found in our beauty products (such as scrub, exfoliator, toothpaste, etc.) are flushed down into the ocean/river because the straining system in our sewage are not sufficient to break down the microbeads particles. The straining system can only dissolve organic susbstances and the microbeads made out of plastic will be washed down into our ocean/river. The fishes and other sea animals will then consume the microbeads thinking it is food.
As a beauty consumer, I feel the obligation to spread the awareness on microbeads to everyone because the truth is, the Act can do very little to save the environment because:
- The Act only effective in the US, which is a small part of beauty market
- Manufacturers will move their plant out of US to continue producing their products because they need to run their business
- Retails will continue to sell the products until they are left with none, because the products are part of their cost
- 2017 is a long way to go. From now till then, there will be zillions of microbeads beign flushed into the ocean, if we do not take any action.
So, it is our duty as a beauty consumer to stop using products with microbeads at once! What you can do is take notice of the ingredient list on the product.
DO NOT BUY PRODUCT THAT HAS ANY OF THE WORD:
You will be surprised by the brands that claimed their corporate identity as "environmental friendly" or "natural", still using microbeads as part of their ingredients. See the product list below.
If you think this has nothing to do with you and using a tube of toothpaste with microbeads won't affect the environment much, you are wrong. The microbeads that the fishes consume, will stay inside their body and you will be consuming the fishes that consumed the microbeads. Tell me if I have made that clear. If not, you can see the cycle in the graphic illustration:
Some of the beauty products that contain microbeads:
- Johnson & Johnson Aveeno Brightening Daily Scrub
- Johnson & Johnson Clean & Clear Advantage 3 in 1 Facial Scrub, Morning Burst Facial Scrub Oil Free, Blackhead Eraser Scrub Oil Free, Deep Action Exfoliating Scrub Oil Free, Daily Pore Cleansing
- Bath & Body Works Pure Paradise 2-in-1 Body Scrub and Wash
- Caudalie Deep Cleansing Exfoliator
- Clarins Bright Plus HP Gentle Brightening Exfoliator
- Clinique 7 Day Scrub Cream Rinse-Off Formula, Exfoliating Scrub
- Dermalogica Clear Start-Blackhead Clearing Pore Control Scrub
- Elizabeth Arden Prevage Anti-Aging Treatment Boosting Cleanser
- Guerlain Terracotta Sun Scrub-Tan Enhancing Scrub
- Kiehl's Face Fuel-Energizing Scrub-Skin Buffer for Men, Clearly Corrective-Skin Brightening Excoliator
- Neutrogena All-in-1 Acne Control Daily Scrub, Oil-Free Acne Stress Control Power Clear Scrub, Oil-Free Acne Wash-Pink Grapefruit Foaming Scrub, Rapid Clear Foaming Scrub, Skin Polishing Acne Cleanser
- Olay Treatment, Moisturizer, Prof. Exfoliating Renewal Cleanser
- Peter Thomas Roth Laser-Free Retexturizer Exfoliating Scrub
- Simple Smoothing Facial Scrub
- Victoria's Secret 2-in-1 Wash and Scrub (all scents)
- Biore Warming Anti-Blackhead Cleanser Complexion Clearing
- Laura Mercier Flawless Skin Face Polish
...and many more!
My late friend, Wingz, used to educate me on the stuff we washed down into the drain. He was a true environmentalist, hence his business BYOB that produce cleansing product out of natural substance or minimal chemical. In our quest to keep ourselves beautiful, we should first keep our mother earth beautiful. If you do a bit more of a research, there are plenty of effective beauty products made from natural ingredients.
Instead of spending money on scrubs and hurt the environment, you can save money and save the earth with some simple recipe. Let me know if you would like me to do a DIY tutorial for scrubs.