Did you Know? Your Microbead Facial Scrub is Killing Fish!

Your Microbead Facial Scrub is Killing Fish!

As crazy as it sounds, it’s true. Glitter made from plastic sheets becomes microplastics when washed down the drain. Microplastics are found in all the oceans of the world from the surface to the sandy bottoms. It’s consumed by plankton, fish, shellfish, seabirds and other marine life. Microbeads accumulate in the stomachs of fish, eventually taking up all the space, not allowing nutrients to pass through, leading to starvation!

Microbeads are not biodegradable.  They come from plastic trash and are added to personal care products. (National Geographic.com Laura Parker Nov., 2017)

No doubt, it’s fun to use sparkly products—exfoliating scrubs, shower gels, toothpaste, greeting cards, holiday decorations. However, the use of microbeads in their manufacture contributes to the destruction of our environment. What about glitter? The jury is out on that right now. It cannot be proven if all glitter which may not be made from microbeads is also destructive. Take a look at your eyeshadow, blush, lipstick, nail polish, glitter and glow highlighter. Are all ingredients biodegradable?

New Zealand’s environmental anthropologist Trisia Farrelly says,” All glitter should be banned because it’s microplastic and all microplastic leaks into the environment.” ( NationalGeographic.com Laura Parker Nov., 2017)

Plastic glitter can be replaced by biodegradable substances such as synthetic mica, mineral glitter and starch-based lusters (NationalGeogrphic.com Laura Parker  Nov., 2017).  Scientists have called for glitter to be prohibited due to the threat it poses to wildlife ( Long Island Edition Natural Awakenings May, 2018). The United States, Canada, New Zealand, and Great Britain have already taken steps to ban microbeads (National Geographic.com Laura Parker Nov., 2017).

To be honest, I’ve done some reading on this to determine the difference between glitter and microbeads which only led to confusion. Some online articles refer to them interchangeably, while others make distinct separations. It’s difficult to present a factual argument when sources are not clear. Sorry. If you can figure it out, please let me know.

Please let me know your thoughts. I’d love to hear from you. You can email me at author@elainedonadio.com.

I wish you all a life inspired by the wonder of the world around us. May you find and live your truth, in harmony with people, nature and the environment. May you be a force for good and a source of love and comfort. May the world be a better place for you having lived and loved here.

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