What are microbeads?
Microbeads are minute pieces of plastic defined as 0.1 to 0.5 millimetres in size, and are used to give beauty products like facial and body scrubs a grainy texture for exfoliation. They’re non-biodegradable and are commonly found in scrubs, cleansers, body washes and even some toothpastes! They’re advertised as a healthy beauty advance, but in reality they are an ecological nightmare hastening an already dire problem – the global pollution of our oceans from plastic.
Why are they bad?
Microbeads enter our environment by being washed down bathroom drains. What makes them especially threatening is that they are already broken down into teeny-tiny, almost invisible pieces of plastic. Wastewater treatment plants are not designed to filter out microbeads and that is the main reason why, ultimately, they contribute to the Plastic Soup swirling around the world’s oceans.
Therefore, too small to be filtered by sewerage systems, microbeads swiftly flow into our oceans, rivers and lakes where they float and absorb toxins, and then are ingested by marine life because they resemble fish eggs. This makes them even more immediately dangerous than a discarded drink bottle!
Sea creatures absorb or eat microbeads. These microbeads are passed along the marine food chain. Since humans are ultimately at the top of this food chain, it is likely that we are also absorbing microbeads from the food we eat. Microbeads are not biodegradable and once they enter the marine environment, they are impossible to remove.
Microbeads and Mr Bean
Never! Mr Bean products are all natural, all organic, and made with fair-trade coffee grounds which acts as a natural exfoliant! No need or room for artificial, environmentally unfriendly products here. It’s ok to get down and dirty, but let’s keep the environment clean with Mr Bean.