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Saturday, December 12, 2015

The U.S Bans Mircobeads

The U.S Bans Mircobeads

Yesterday I casually mentioned in a blog review that I actively avoiding purchasing any beauty product that features microbeads, a wonderful reader Cheryl kindly commented on such article saying that are set U.S to outlaw mircobeads. Yes!

After reading a few articles it seems that the House of Representatives have approved a bill that will phase out microbeads throughout the whole of the U.S - The Microbead Free Waters Act. Admittedly the act will not spring into action immediately nor will it be an instant ban, rather beginning on 1 July 2017, cosmetic brands will begin to phase out the tiny, plastic beads often found in toothpaste, body wash and of course body scrubs.

This isn't the first time that the U.S has tackled the problem head on, Illinois banned the sale of products containing the tiny beads in 2014 and before the widespread bill, California pledged to phase out the beads by 2020. Here in the U.K 25 manufacturers have stated that will ensure that all of their products are 100% microbead free, a small start but a start none the less. I just hope that the U.K and of course Europe follow the lead of the U.S and offer something similar to the The Microbead Free Waters Act.

So what is the problem with those often bright, teeny tiny particles found in beauty products? Well for starters, more often than not microbeads are not biodegradable - meaning they will never dissolve nor disappear. Rather when they are washed away down the drain, they go straight into the sewer system and as water plants don't have the technology to filter them out of the water, the beads wash up into sea causing pollution. Current research, which I do hasten to add is still ongoing has suggested that the beads may be absorbing toxins along the way. It has also been found that marine life confuse the small beads as food and of course consume them, as many eat fish there is a good chance that unwittingly along the way you too have consumed plastic.

Truthfully there is no real need for microbeads: they are dated, ineffective and often the cause of skin irritation - in the past I have used them, clueless about the environmental consequences and can vouch those, bizarre little beads do next to nothing beneficial to your skin. There are several, environmentally friendly options everywhere - be it on the aisles of the Supermarket, your bathroom shelf or even a quick D.I.Y alternative.

Well done America, hopefully we all adopt a similar stance soon.






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22 comments:

  1. I really hope to see a ban in Europe too and then worldwide. Microplastics should not be used.

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  2. I never even thought about the beads harming the environment! Hopefully they will get banned everywhere.
    www.missamyguest.blogspot.co.uk
    xx

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  3. This is great news! So glad the US has made the right choice.

    Rachel | www.currentlyrachel.com

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  4. I just know this and thankful that you post this useful information! My past cleanser have micro beads but I changed it a week ago and grateful that I made a great choice. Great post xo

    http://www.kinikunormal.blogspot.com/

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  5. I didn't realise the impact microbeads had on the planet! Wow! I definitely learned something from this post! Xx

    OliviaCheryl.com

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  6. Never knew this about microbeads - thanks for this post! Will be avoiding products with them from now on

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  7. Never knew this about microbeads - thanks for this post! Will be avoiding products with them from now on

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  8. We just need the US to ban fur farms now like the UK and Europe.xxx

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  9. Link to petition to ban microbeads in UK

    I've signed it

    https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/104464

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  10. I'm glad to hear this. I made the decision not to use any products with micro beads in earlier this year as I want to try and help protect the environment and I'm also a big fish eater. To be honest I don't think they work very well anyway, I think you're much better off with products that have something like crushed shell or seeds in for the body and acid exfoliation for the face. I was disappointed to see this years Soap & Glory Boots star gift has The Scrub of your life in which contains micro beads x

    Becky @ The Little Blog of Beauty

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  11. Didn't even think about this, luckily I don't own anything with them it it, but that is worrying!

    http://www.makeerinover.co.uk

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  12. I hadn't even realised that they wouldn't dissolve! I don't use them as I have never liked them, but it's saddening to know how damaging they are to the environment :(

    https://teaandcatsblog.wordpress.com/

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  13. Does anyone have a list of products that contain them? That would be really useful.

    http://meganemilybeauty.blogspot.com

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  14. Just keep in mind when trying to avoid microbeads, that they are very often invisible to naked eye as they can be as small as 10 micrometers, only the largest ones are up to 1 mm. Human eye can distinguish from around 40 cm, to about 100 micrometers, so if you are not observing your products from really up close (or even if you are), you will most likely not be able to see them. So scrubs with visible particles, do no necessarily contain microbeads. Such large particles are filtered out or sedimented in water plants.

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  15. I didn't even know this, thankfully none of my products contain microbeads!

    Sara - She Who Is Short

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  16. Hooray! I didn't realize this either, and I live in the US!

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  17. I had absolutely no idea about that! Wow

    Saz // Oh Dollymix

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  18. I never knew about this. Thanks for making me aware, I will be avoiding them in the future.

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  19. really good to hear, we just need to get this ban across the world ! !

    i bought a product last week, unknowingly to me they seem to have these silly plastic bits in but i can't find it anywhere on the packaging, i was so pissed off, i wonder if i should write to the manufacturer. it's meant to be a brand with natural slant on it too, garner. I'm annoyed at myself and them for this mistake purchase.

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  20. I'm so glad to hear this, wish all countries would implement such a law immediately. I read an article somewhere that said that many fish and other sea creatures end up eating these beads, mistaking them for plankton. this ends up slowly killing them. There's no need for these beads, there are plenty of natural products such as crushed apricot kernels that should be used instead. It's up to us as consumers to make our views known to maufacturers so they stop using these beads.

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