You might think you’re doing the right thing by choosing eco-friendly personal care and cleaning products, but if they’ve got any of these ingredients — polyethylene, polypropylene, polyethylene terephthalate or polymethyl methacrylate — well, then “you’re cleaning up with plastic and being duped into contributing to plastic pollution in the environment,” as the Story of Stuff put it.
What I’m talking about are plastic microbeads, which are really small particles found in body washes, hand soaps, toothpaste, lip gloss, nail polish and cosmetics designed to be washed down the drain. Unfortunately billions of these tiny plastic particles make their way into our environment everyday, and they end up littering our rivers, lakes and oceans.
The result is terrible for wildlife because a single microbead can be up to a million times more toxic than the water around it.
What can you do about microbead pollution? The Story of Stuff Project is leading a coalition of over 100 groups to get these tiny plastic beads out of commerce. You can find out more here.