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The Beat the Bead app is here in Australia!!

Please help support Beat the Microbead by purchasing the app from either the google play store or the Apple store.

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Down the Sink and into the Oceans

Such a great alternative to microbeads!! Check it out!

sharing our journey towards a self-sufficient life

It recently came to light to me , that not only are the ingredients used in most brands of cosmetics are harmful to the environment in a multitude of ways, but a huge number of people don’t actually have a clue about it! The other day I saw a great post attempting to shed light on the fact that the tiny plastic micro beads you find in cosmetics have almost entirely polluted our water, and consequently, our sea life too. You’ll notice the micro bead fad popping up in things like exfoliating scrubs, toothpastes and various other cleaning products; and I felt rather ignorant for having no idea how detrimental they were! These beads are made of tiny pieces of plastic, and mostly too small to be sieved out by filtration systems, these beads are infecting our lakes and oceans with waves of polluting plastic. In turn, they are being consumed by…

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What are the alternatives to microbeads?

There are many natural alternatives to microbeads, these are just a few that are found in various face scrubs; sand, walnut shell, ground almonds, salt, sugar, hemp seeds, jojoba beads, bamboo and oats. If you are still worried about buying scrubs that contain microbeads just check out the ingredients list for these items; as polyethylene/polyethene (PE), polypropylene/polypropene (PP), polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA). If you you want to be extra careful you can make your own face scrubs using sand, sugar or salt.

If you are living in the Netherlands you can download this app http://get.beatthemicrobead.org/ which you can scan over the barcode with your smartphone camera. It tells you if the product is microbead free (green), the company has promised to phase out microbeads in their products (amber) or the product does contain microbeads (red). New countries are being added to so it is possible that your country will be included soon!

Finally, if you do own products that contain microbeads and do not want to immediately discard them do not despair! When you wash your face use a bucket instead of the sink and strain the waste through a cloth, then simply throw the plastic beads in the bin. However, this is not ideal as the toxins that are in the plastic beads still do come into contact with your skin.

Have a great day!

Sarah – Stop the Beads

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Dentists discover microbeads in toothpaste – FOX 8 WVUE New Orleans News, Weather, Sports

Natural Remedies

Plastic MicrobeadsEveryday we find out about another product being made with something we aren’t intended to ingest. Isn’t it time for manufacturers to put their consumer’s health above their profit margin?

More importantly, isn’t it time for the FDA to work for the people instead of big manufacturers. We are being poisoned everyday by the food we eat and products we use.

Thank you Jordan Essentials for being ahead of the trend and NEVER using synthetic microbeads that are bad for the environment and bad for our health!

Dentists discover microbeads in toothpaste – FOX 8 WVUE New Orleans News, Weather, Sports.

#goodforyou #microbeads #networkmarketing #workfromhome #healthyskin

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Microbeads in cleansing products contaminating the Great Lakes

Global News

MISSISSAUGA – Plastic microbeads are used in cosmetic products to enhance the beauty routine, used to scrub the face and body for a few seconds – but they are having a long-term effect on the Great Lakes.

The microbeads are so tiny, scientists say they are literally being washed from our faces into the lakes.

“They’re too small to get caught by sewage treatment plants,” Nancy Goucher, an activist with Environmental Defence said. “They’re discharged right into our rivers and our lakes.”

Microbeads are plastic and most commonly made from polyethylene.  According to Environmental defence that is the same type of plastic often used to make plastic shopping bags, milk crates, even trash bins.

“We’re using it, when there are natural, biodegradable alternatives,” says Goucher.

Microbeads are generally added to body products as exfoliants, meant to slough away dead skin cells.  They have also been used in toothpaste, although according…

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A dirty truth about the “microbeads” in your facial scrub

High Fashion Average Woman

I always thought those “microbeads” in face cleansers were little solidified bubbles of some kind of oil, soap or other substance that dissolved into foam.  Turns out, I was completely wrong.  “Microbeads” are actually little pieces of plastic floating in your face scrub , body scrub, and in your tootpaste!  The artificially-created microbead–which is made out of a variety of plastic materials including polyethylene, polypropylene, and polymethyl methacrylate, etc.– replaces natural biodegradable ingredients like ground almond or walnut shells, and salt crystals.   Microbeads are NOT biodegradable.

So, if microbeads aren’t biodegradable, what happens to them?  After you wash your face or if you wash a product down the drain, the microbeads are then washed down the drain and into the water system.  Eventually, they are washed into rivers, lakes, and the oceans.  They might break down into smaller micro-plastic particles, but they never thoroughly disintegrate.  Here’s just how small microbeads can getdangerous microbeads

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