Plastic Microbeads In Your Facial Clenaser Are Toxic
Small plastic particles no bigger than 5mm are considered the main culprit behind recent environmental destruction. Not only is the amount of plastic particles rapidly increasing, but they’re also hard to collect and clean up. These plastic particles, called microbeads, are in toiletries such as toothpaste and facewash, and were created to enhance the cleaning power of these products. Believe it or not, each product has an average of 2.8 million microbeads. After these products are washed down the drain, microbeads flow through sewage treatment equipment and straight into our rivers and oceans. According to a report by the European Commission for the Environment, each year 8,600 tons of microbeads accumulate in the ocean, meaning an extreme amount of plastic particles are floating in the ocean this very moment. This is dangerous not only to the health of marine life that ingesting microbeads, but also for humans who in turn ingest marine life! And that’s not all! Plastic particles have the ability to absorb pollutants. The smaller the microbeads, the greater the surface area, and the higher the risk of carrying pollutants. Because of this, experts say microbeads can negatively affect multiple organisms, including humans, and cause serious damage to the environment.
Since microbeads accelerate environmental pollution and are hard to remove, the best thing to do is to stop using them completely! Countries all around the world are currently banning the use of microbeads. However, in South Korea, where plastic particle water pollution is one of the highest in the world, regulations on microbeads are limited. According to data by K-water Convergence Institute, only 2.2% of products that contain microbeads are regulated in South Korea. That means it’s up to consumers to check their products for microbeads and be conscious about not using any products that contain microbeads anymore. How can you tell if your daily products have plastic particles? First, check for ingredients such as polyethylene, polypropylene, polyethylene terephthalate, polymetacrylic acid methyl, and nylon. If you see any of those ingredients, try putting it in water to see if the small particles dissolve. If they don’t, it’s highly likely your product contains microbeads, so it’s best to refrain from using it.
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