These are microbeadsThey’re little pieces of plasticsmaller than a grain of sand.And they're everywhere.You might be swishing them around in your mouth!Or rubbing them in your face! Yuck!Microbeads are in lots of Stuff, but they show up most in personal care products:face soap and body wash.Toothpaste.
You could even be filling in those smile lines with the plastic in “age-defying” makeup!Companies put them in these products as exfoliants or just for texture,but there’s no proof they even help!And you might not realize that you’re using them,unless you know what to look for.
But the biggest problem with microbeadsis that they're designed to go down thedrain.They're so smallmost water treatment plants can't capture them...so billions are ending upin our waterways every day.Even worse, these tiny bits of plastic act like SPONGESsoaking up the toxics around them. So asingle microbead can end up beinga million times more toxic than the wateraround it.Once in our waterways they get eaten byfish and other animals
And could make their way right backto you in your sushi!How's that for the circle of life?!So why do companies but these plasticmicrobeads in their products to begin with?Well, for one, plastic's cheaper than thenatural exfoliants we used to usePlus it's an excuse to sell more STUFF!Those natural exfoliants works so well you could only use them once a week!Microbeads are smooth enoughto use every day! Which means you run out quicker!And have to buy more of that product.
Sure, we can try to avoidproducts with microbeads......but isn't bigger problem what companies put on the shelf in the first place?The good news is some companies arealready removing plastic microbeadsfrom their productsAnd many places are consideringoutright bans!No matter where you live, there are waysto take action.Come on! We don't need the beads!Let's get them out of our Stuff...out of our waterways, andout of our bodies.[Music] [Click to take action now!]
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