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In a HUGE win for marine animals and humans alike, President Obama signed an official ban that prohibits the use of plastic microbeads in beauty products! Thanks to this monumental legislation, companies that manufacture shampoo, face wash, and body wash that contain microbeads will have to begin phasing out these tiny plastics with the goal of taking them completely out of their lines by July 2017. Additionally, all beauty products that contain microbeads will have to be taken out of circulation by July of 2018.

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So you might be wondering why this is such fantastic news and why the gator above is so pleased with it – well, plain and simple: microbeads are the worst. These tiny microscopic plastic beads are typically used as exfoliating agents. Long story short, companies used to use natural products like crushed up walnuts or peach pits in exfoliating scrubs, but these high-powered scrubs could only be used once a week. Tiny plastic beads were developed to create a less abrasive scrub. The only problem is that unlike peach pits and walnuts, plastic never degrades or goes away

A single squeeze of face wash can contain over 100,000 microbeads. Due to their small size, they easily wash through local water treatment facilities and end up in the oceans. Once in the oceans, they are easily ingested by marine life and either clog up their intestines or become absorbed into their tissues and continuously leach toxins into their bodies. Studies have found that 99 percent of seabirds have plastic particles in their stomachs, more than half of the world’s sea turtles have ingested plastic, and fish aren’t fairing much better.

But it isn’t just marine animals who are impacted by microbeads. All of the microbeads we wash down the sink eventually come back to us. It is estimated that people who eat shellfish consume more than 11,000 pieces of microplastics every year – how’s that for what goes around comes around?

The bottom line is that plastic microbeads provide us with a short-term convenience – that isn’t even necessary – but have a long-term negative impact. With this in mind, we cannot wait to bid our final adieus to these tiny plastics – for the sake of animals, and for ourselves as well!

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109 comments on “Microbeads Banned From Beauty Products in the U.S.! Why This is Awesome for People and Animals”

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Grace's Green Garden
11 Months Ago

This is a fantastic start!


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Felina Adkins
11 Months Ago

Thank you Obama


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Margaret Parkinson
11 Months Ago

Why do we need this damageing product let's stay organic and protect our world


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Wendy Szucs
11 Months Ago

Great news


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Nikki Proffitt
11 Months Ago

Magan Byrd is this what beads you're talking about?


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Magan Byrd
31 Dec 2015

Yup! You got me! I'm just selfish and love my tooth paste. Won't lie, I really had no idea they were that bad. Didn't know that they would end up back I me through my sushi. Guess I'll be sampling tooth paste for awhile to see what I can change too :)

Nikki Proffitt
31 Dec 2015

I feel your pain. I didn't know either. My toothpaste and face Wash has them. So ill have to start finding new ones too girl lol

Magan Byrd
31 Dec 2015

Ashli wolford mentioned sea salt for a face scrub. I've never tried it, but she says it works. Guess I'll start with that. Or sugar. I had a friend in high school use sugar every night.

Magan Byrd
31 Dec 2015

Lol yup!! Thanks for sharing it!

Nikki Proffitt
31 Dec 2015

No problem. I didn't even think about my toothpaste when I read it yesterday but then I saw your comment and thought well shit

Barbara Johnston
11 Months Ago

That's great, but who in the world ever thought it was a good idea to put plastic beads in soap, toothpaste, etc? Where did they think this stuff would go?


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Vanda Mica-Hawkyard
11 Months Ago

YES! Have not been buying this c*** for years now. Time to fine a few companies for "clean-up"?


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Sally Simpson
11 Months Ago

about time, rest of world should follow and quickly


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Dawn Hutton
11 Months Ago

I work retail and have to stock all this makeup and beauty supplies and believe me I dont understand why there is 50 kinds of anything, why are there 15 shades of red lipstick just in revlon alone, explain this to me lmao and why do women want to shop for makeup at two in the morning


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Mario Mata
11 Months Ago

Yehey lovely


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