Microbeads seem to be in everything- face wash, makeup and soaps, but did you know they are also clogging our waterways? The teeny tiny bits of plastic appear in many of our personal hygiene products, but they end up getting flushed down our drains into our water system. Because they are smaller than a grain of sand, they glide right through local water treatment plants, ending up in lakes, rivers and oceans by the billions.
Many companies use plastic microbeads as a filler in personal hygiene products, using the tiny spheres to help exfoliate skin, as plastic is cheaper than natural exfoliants. Plastic microbeads are also more gentle than natural alternatives, which means people can use products more often, driving up sales through daily usage.