The Dangers of Microbeads

// By: Stuart Coleman // January-February 2014 // Originally published on //

Leaders against plastic pollution, Marcus Eriksen and Anna Cummins ask cosmetics companies to rethink “microbeads.”

What You Can Do

Want to cleanse your beauty routine of microbeads? Avoid products that include polyethylene or polystyrene in the ingredients list. Most major cosmetics companies have pledged to phase out the abrasive by 2015, but in the meantime, natural brands including Burt’s Bees and St. Ives use nonpolluting ingredients like cocoa bean husks and crushed apricot seeds for the same effect.

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