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Plastic Microbeads Become an Ecological Nightmare

Woman applying moisturizerAlmost everyone who strives to look their best is familiar with the phrase “Beauty hurts”. You experiment constantly to find out what works for you and deal with the fallout when an idea doesn’t work. Sometimes a particular beauty habit literally involves pain instead of just the constant irritation of fussing to get things right. Beauty may hurt, but what it shouldn’t do is kill. Researchers have recently discovered a rapidly growing problem with a relatively common practice in beauty and skin care circles: plastic microbeads are becoming an ecological nightmare. OROGOLD understands that something this small being a problem seems a slightly absurd, but we’ll do our best to explain the findings of these researchers to make the problem clear.

Exfoliation Nation
Microbeads seem to be in countless exfoliating products on the market. They’re easy to include and highly effective at what they do. As a result, you’ve probably used a product with them at least once. It is this ubiquity that is rapidly becoming an environmental problem. Plastic microbeads, true to their name, are composed of varieties of plastic. There is no ready way for plastic to break down in the environment and it can last for decades or longer even at the size of a microbead. Every time people use products with microbeads, the beads are flushed into the water supply. Filters for municipal water supplies aren’t designed with microbeads in mind and as a result they often end up circulating back into natural water supplies.

Ten Thousand Beads A Day Keep the Fish Away
Getting back to natural water supplies is an easier process than you’d think. It doesn’t involve people dumping waste water directly into these water supplies, but waste water does get used, after treatment, in a variety of situations. The microbeads then get washed off during rain and other circumstances. Before you know it, natural waters supplies begin to have a build up of these microbeads. Microbeads can confuse different animals into mistaking them for food or simply be swallowed routinely as an animal eats food on a day to day basis. There are so many microbeads being washed into natural water sources that researchers have noticed that it is affecting various freshwater fish populations. Human eat these fish, and remember how microbeads sit in their products until use? Most topical products aren’t meant to be eaten for a reason, but this build-up means the fish eat it and then we eat the fish. This will become a greater and greater problem the less it is addressed.

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  • Quantity: 2 pcs / pack
  • Usage: Beads for Earring, Bracelet, Necklace
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