Microbeads

Microbeads are tiny plastic particles that have been included in various industrial and consumer products, including cosmetic products like toothpaste, face scrubs and body scrubs.

Microbeads are tiny plastic particles, usually smaller than 2mm in size. For years they have been included in various industrial and consumer products, including cosmetic products like toothpaste, face scrubs and body scrubs.

The UK government has passed legislation in October 2017 to ban the use of microbeads in cosmetic products. Such products have been banned from sale from July 2018.

Uses:

Abrasion - microbeads are minuscule pieces of plastic that are found in face washes, toothpaste, body scrubs, abrasive cleaners and other everyday beauty products. 

Issues: 

Ocean pollution - after you wash your face or clean your teeth, the microbeads go down the plughole and pass through water filtration systems because they are so tiny. These microbeads then end up in the sea where they are ingested by fish and harm marine life. Plastic particles have been found in fish, shellfish and even the stomachs of birds. 

Gut damage - Greenpeace says: “Microbeads end up in humans through toothpaste and through eating seafood that has ingested microplastics and the toxins that come with them.” 

Gum damage - toothbrushes push microbeads into the gums and between the teeth. This creates an ideal breeding ground for germs and bacteria, leading to gingivitis and tooth decay.
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