What products contain Microbeads?
You don’t litter, you have a reusable water bottle and you put your groceries in cloth bags. But what’s in your shower?
In the past decade, cosmetic companies have increased their output of products with plastic microbeads. Most of these are advertised with the words “scrub” or “exfoliating.” On the ingredients list, “polyethylene” and “polypropylene” are red flags: Both are just types of plastic.
Plastic bags and bottles turn into microplastics through a process of degradation, breaking down into smaller and smaller pieces. Microbeads, on the other hand, are already tiny-under 10mm in diameter-by the time they enter watersheds. The beads are small enough that they slip right through water treatment facility filters and into watersheds. Once they make it through, they attract the toxins present in low concentrations in a body of water.
Growing familiarity with microbeads, their effects and their ubiquity (90% of ocean surface water samples collected for ASC’s Microplastics project were contaminated) has led to increased public resistance to their use. New data shows that the Great Lakes have up to 1.7 million microplastic particles per square mile of surface water, and governments surrounding the lakes have been the most active.
Illinois has banned the sale of products with microbeads; Ohio and New York are considering doing the same, as is Toronto. New Jersey Congressman Frank Pallone Jr. introduced a bill to implement a ban nationwide by 2018, and New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has proposed similar legislation. Major cosmetics companies have taken note: Unilever is phasing out plastic microbeads by 2015, and L’Oreal will do the same by 2017.
For now, though, plastic microbeads are easy to buy and use. Luckily, they’re also easy to avoid.
Sisel Safe Products including skin care and Exfolium do not use microbeads, Sisel toothpaste and the complete Sisel Product Range are free from microbeads.
Tips on avoiding products with microbeads:
- Check ingredients labels for polyethylene and polypropylene.
- An app has been released which allows you to simply scan a bar code with your smartphone camera to determine if a product has microbeads. http://ecowatch.com/2014/01/09/plastic-in-facial-scrub-app-for-that/
- Check out the list below of popular U.S. products with microbeads. The complete list is available here: http://beatthemicrobead.org/images/pdf/RED%20UNITED%20STATES.pdf
- Don’t worry! There are plenty of exfoliants without microbeads, most of which use biodegradable and filterable products like jojoba, vitamin C paste and volcanic minerals. You can find a list of some of the best from Allure magazine here : http://www.allure.com/beauty-products/2014/top-microbead-free-exfoliator-alternatives#slide=12
Products that contain plastic products that do contain plastic microbeads
- Aveeno Active Naturals Positively Radiant Skin Brightening Daily Scrub
- Aveeno Active Naturals Positively Ageless Resurfacing Scrub with Vitamin C
- Aveeno Active Naturals Clear Complexion Cream Cleanser
- Bath & Body Works Pure Paradise 2-in-1 Body Scrub and Wash
- Clean & Clear Advantage 3-in 1 Exfoliating Cleanser
- Clean & Clear Morning Burst Facial Scrub — Oil Free
- Clean & Clear Blackhead Eraser Scrub — Oil Free
- Clean & Clear Deep Action Exfoliating Scrub — Oil Free
- Clean & Clear Daily Pore Cleanser — Oil Free
- Clearasil Reckit Benckiser Daily Clear — Refreshing Superfruit Scrub
- Clinque EstÃ©e Lauder Companies 7 Day Scrub Cream Rinse-Off Formula
- Clinque EstÃ©e Lauder Companies Exfoliating Scrub
- CVS Pharmacy Oil-free acne scrub
- Dermalogica Clear Start — Blackhead Clearing Pore Control Scrub
- Hempz Sandalwood & Apple Herbal Body Scrub
- Kiehl’s Facial Fuel-Energizing Scrub — Skin Buffer for Men
- Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective — Skin Brightening Exfoliator
- Olay Treatment
- Olay Moisturizer
- Olay Prof. Exfoliating Renewal Cleanser
- Rite Aid Renewal DIY Regenerating Cleanser
- Rite Aid Renewal Regenerating Micro Refining Cream
- Rite Aid Renewal Acne Body Scrub Clear
- Rite Aid Renewal Acne Wash Daily Scrub Oil-Free
- Rite Aid Renewal Bright Skin Daily Face Scrub
- Rite Aid Renewal Exfoliating Cleanser
- Up & Up (Target Brand) Exfoliating Body Wash — Pomegranate Seeds
- Up & Up (Target Brand) Blackhead Facial Scrub with Salicylic Acid
- Up & Up (Target Brand) Acne Wash Oil-Free Pink Grapefruit Foaming Scrub
- Up & Up (Target Brand) Renewing Cleanser
- Victoria’s Secret 2-in-1 Wash and Scrub
- Walgreens Blackhead Clearing Scrub
Toothpaste with Microbeads
- Crest Pro Health
- Crest Pro Health for Me
- Crest Sensitivity
- Crest Complete Multi Benefit
- Crest 3D White
- Crest 3D White Luxe
Article By Alex Hamilton
Authored by Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation, Tuesday, October 7th, 2014, Tags:Adventure Science, adventurers and scientists for conservation, ASC, cosmetics, microbeads,microplastics
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