We want to eliminate plastic from our daily routines as much as possible, and we know you conscious consumers do too. We've blogged before about the Great Pacific garbage patch and how humans are contributing to this environmental disaster, one of the most visible outcome of plastics in our oceans and waterways. But it can be easy to forget about the little things — in this case, the really little things: microbeads in health and beauty products.
Take a moment to read this post from row+rue: "Exfoliate the Natural Way." Microbeads may have been seen years ago as a great innovation in self-care, but we now know that as soon as we rinse our faces and they go down the drain, they don't get filtered out of water systems — they instead get ingested by marine life and eventually by us. Check out this slide show from the New York Times, "Tiny Bits of Plastic Pose Big Environmental Threats," and this infographic by 5 Gyres and help to #banthebead by choosing all-natural products that don't use plastic as an ingredient.
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