For anyone who can relate to getting a face wash microbead stuck in their eye at 7 in the morning, this is music to your ears. But it turns out these tiny plastic particles, which have widely been used as an exfoliate in skincare products, cosmetics and toothpaste for years now, have been stirring up more trouble than we thought. environmental researchers have found that they permanently settle on lake floors, rivers and oceans after being washed down drains and passing through filters in water treatment centers. President Obama recently signed a law that will ban the selling of environmentally damaging microbeads by July 2017.
“The beads themselves are not considered toxic, but once they and other microplastic debris are in the water, they attract harmful chemicals like PCBs, which adhere to their surface and become concentrated there,” a New York Times article states.
Along with negatively impacting the aquatic ecosystems, they pose a serious danger to marine life.
“These plastic bits have been found in organisms ranging in size from small invertebrates to large mammals and are known to concentrate persistent toxic chemicals already present in sea water,” Janna Selier, database manager for the Plastic Soup Foundation, said.
The Microbead-Free Waters Act Of 2015 sailed through Congress this month due to very little opposition from the cosmetics industry. Illinois, Maine and Colorado have already passed bans on products that contain microbeads.
What are your thoughts on the ban? Will it affect your skincare or hygiene regimen at all or are you indifferent about their phase out?