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  • These are microbeads.

  • They're little pieces of plastic smaller than a grain of sand.

  • And they're everywhere.

  • You might be swishing them around in your mouth or rubbing them in your face!

  • Yuck!

  • Microbeads are in lots of stuff, but they show up most in personal care products.

  • Face soap and body wash. Toothpaste.

  • You could even be filling in those smile lines with the plastic in "age-defying" makeup!

  • Companies put them in these products as exfoliants or just for texture, but there's no proof they even help!

  • And you might not realize that you're using them, unless you know what to look for.

  • But the biggest problem with microbeads is that they're designed to go down the drain.

  • They're so small most water treatment plants can't capture billions are ending up in our waterways every day.

  • And even worse, these tiny bits of plastic act like sponges, soaking up the toxics around them.

  • So a single microbead can end up being a million times more toxic than the water around it.

  • Once in our waterways they get eaten by fish and other animals.

  • And could make their way right back to you in your sushi!

  • How's that for the circle of life!

  • So why do companies put these plastic microbeads in their products to begin with?

  • Well, for one, plastic's cheaper than the natural exfoliants we used to use.

  • Plus it's an excuse to sell more stuff!

  • Those natural exfoliants works so well you could only use them once a week!

  • Microbeads are smooth enough to use every day which means you run out quicker!

  • And have to buy more of that product.

  • Sure, we can try to avoid products with microbeads.

  • But isn't the bigger problem what companies put on the shelf in the first place?

  • The good news is some companies are already removing plastic microbeads from their products.

  • And many places are considering outright bans!

  • No matter where you live, there are ways to take action.

  • Come on! We don't need the beads!

  • Let's get them out of our stuff, out of our waterways, and out of our bodies.

These are microbeads.

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Microbeads - The Story of Stuff Project

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    黃潮祿   posted on 2019/05/14
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