Hundreds of personal care products, including some facial scrubs, toothpastes and body washes, contain tiny plastic particles. Let’s take some of those microbeads out of the equation.
Worried that you’re unintentionally using a product with microbeads? Fear not! The Beat the Microbead app lets you search for a product or scan its barcode to find out if it contains microbeads.
Often, you can even spot microbeads on the label. Many products advertise microbeads as an exfoliating benefit. If a product lists polyethylene or polypropylene as an ingredient, that also means it contains plastic.
For more on microbeads, check out this video by The Story of Stuff:
- Want to do more on the policy level? Consider signing 5 Gyres’ petition to help rid the marketplace of microbeads!
- For a DIY solution, try your hand at these microbead-free exfoliant recipes!
- Check out Popsugar’s favorite facial and body scrubs (sans microbeads).
- Toothpaste aisle got you feeling overwhelmed? Beat the Microbead offers downloadable product lists to help you weed out the worst offenders.