Microbeads Good Or Bad?

Logan Creach

should cosmetics contain microbeads?

claim: No, microbeads are very bad for marine life and other aspects of the environment.

Why and how are they bad?

microbeads are made of polyethylene which contains petroleum

*petroleum is nonrenewable and is estimated to last us only 53.3 more years

*whilst being extracted the oil drills pollute

*polyethylene is not biodegradable thus every particle of it still exists today

most mirobeads make it to the ocean

*fish sometimes eat microbeads because they often resemble fish eggs

how many microbeads are reused?


How many microbeads make it to the ocean?

the US lets about 8 trillion microbeads make it to the ocean and lakes a day
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Progress in eliminating the microbead

many environmentalist groups are working on banning microbeads all around the world and recently mircobeads were banned in California.


congress is working on a ban on microbeads

What can I do?

whilst shopping try and find microbead free toothpaste, bodywashes and face washes


"INTERNATIONAL CAMPAIGN AGAINST MICROBEADS IN COSMETICS." Science. 2015. Web. 07 Dec. 2015.t: Try the videos at the top of the page if you are stuck!

"Why Those Tiny Microbeads In Soap May Pose Problem For Great Lakes." NPR. NPR. Web. 10 Dec. 2015.

"Sustainability." Our Approach. Web. 07 Dec. 2015.

"BP Says The World Only Has 53 Years Of Oil Left, Should You Panic?" Jalopnik. Web. 15 Dec. 2015.

picture at: http://www.fastcoexist.com/3032140/how-a-product-design-oversight-in-your-face-wash-became-an-environmental-disaster