Did you guys even know there was itty bitty bits of plastic in your exfoliating face/body wash? Three companies have just agreed to phase it out!
Exfoliating plastic beads that essentially come out the bottle and straight down the drain. In tiny ecosystem destroying sizes. Hyperbole? I don’t think so, since plastic is really efficient at absorbing toxins, and the small sizes allow not only for a large surface area to volume ration over which to absorb, but are bite-sized for the bottom of the food chain. After that it’s a matter of bioaccumulation.
5Gyres (named for the FIVE oceanic garbage patches around the world) has been petitioning for these companies to start using biodegradable alternatives. Now three companies have agreed to phase out micro-plastic by 2015. Congratulations to:
2. The Body Shop (anti-animal cruelty ≠ pro-environment)
3. Johnson & Johnson
Proctor & Gamble are dragging their feet saying they will discontinue micro plastics by 2017, but 5 Gyres is pushing the company to move up the deadline. They’ve launched a consumer petition campaign called, “Get Plastic Off My Face And Out Of My Water Now!”. Check it, and their great website out!