Say Goodbye to Plastic Microbeads in Cosmetics

You may have heard the news, plastic microbeads, commonly found in facial scrubs and toothpaste, aren’t good for the environment. The problem is plastic microbeads don’t biodegrade quickly when washed down drains, thus polluting our oceans and water sources, and harming the marine life that ingests the microbeads.

Few consumers realize that their favorite cosmetics products, such as facial scrubs, shower gels, and toothpastes, contain thousands of plastic microbeads. Large companies and supermarket chains have been intentionally adding microbeads to their cosmetic products since 1972, though they only became popular in the past two decades.

The problem comes from millions of people unwittingly pouring tiny plastic beads down the drain. These small plastic beads can persist in the environment for 50 years, and have been found to contaminate a wide variety of freshwater and marine wildlife.

Plastic microbeads are typically less than a millimeter wide. Sewage-treatment plants can only filter about 90% of them. The rest are able to pass through into waterways, lakes, and oceans where animals ingest them. Some of the animals that ingest the microbeads are those in the human food chain such as crabs, mussel, and fish.

Scientists and environmentalists have successfully lobbied to have industry to stop using plastic microbeads in all rinse-off cosmetic products, including exfoliants, cleansers, and toothpastes. The Federal government recently approved legislation that will ban their addition in these products manufactured after July 1, 2017 and prohibit their sale in products after July 1, 2018 (these dates are July 1, 2018 and July 1, 2019 for non-prescription drugs).

Modere, true to form, is way ahead of the game. Our personal care items, including exfoliants, cleansers, and toothpastes have never contained plastic microbeads. We care about your health and the health of the environment, and have never followed the popular trend of including plastic microbeads in our products,

You can still get that glow you crave, without harming the environment.