End the use of toxic microbeads – Hand Kind SCRUB uses crushed walnut shells!
Beneath the pristine image of water bodies across the globe, there looms a barely visible threat: microbeads.
These tiny bits of plastic are used as the inexpensive scrubbing components in thousands of personal care products like exfoliants, cleansers, body washes and soaps. In fact, a single tube of face wash can contain 300,000 plastic beads. And, while they’re pretty good scrubbers, environmentalists say these non-biodegradable beads are polluting waterways and working their way into our food chain.
These microbeads are so small that they pass unfiltered through most waste water treatment plants, into rivers and oceans. The scary thing is, these plastics act as a sponge for toxins – absorbing pesticides and heavy metals. Additionally, these microbeads resemble fish eggs and are mistakenly ingested by fish, seabirds and other marine animals –carrying these pollutants into the food chain. In fact, tuna and swordfish are being found with microplastics (particles under a millimeter across) in their stomachs.
How serious is this problem? It is a substantial, global environmental issue. So much so, that Illinois passed the first statewide microbead ban last year over concern for its presence in the Great Lakes. As of May 2015, legislation has also been proposed or is being considered in California, New York, Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota, Washington, Oregon, New Jersey, Colorado, Maine and Wisconsin.
You can do your part by purchasing only personal care products that don’t include polyethylene and polypropylene. Exfoliate your skin with an all-natural substitute – like the crushed walnut shell scrubbers found in Hand Kind SCRUB!