With an increasing number of health threats related to plastic, the use of microbeads in cosmetics is also becoming a major threat to human health.
Microbeads are very small Particles of plastic. Sometimes they can’t even be seen through the naked eye. They mostly consist of polyethylene. They are often used in tubes of toothpaste, personal care, and beauty products (Often used to remove dead skin).
Now, I would like to pour some light on the consumption areas of Plastic Microbeads.
Due to the increasing phobia of losing beauty, everyone is somehow in the race to gain artificial beauty. To get fresh skin, everyone, especially women, can do anything. By knowing such a mindset of the public, the cosmetics industry is taking full advantage by selling every healthy and unhealthy product on the market.
Microbeads are widely used in the cosmetics industry. They are mainly used in products that are designed specifically for the removal of dead skin cells. Further, they are used in body washes, cleansers, facewashes, foundation, blush, and many other household products.
Microbeads and Environment
Microbeads and Human Health
Why Cosmetics Industry is still Using Microbeads
This question will raise in every sensible person’s mind when we know that microbeads are not healthy for us, then; why the cosmetics industry is still using them in such a number. But sensibility and humanity are the things that are becoming very rare these days around the globe.
Everyone is considering their materialistic benefits as their top priority.
So here are some reasons why industrialists are using microbeads:_
- Microbeads are cheap, and that will cut the cost of the product.
- They can prolong the shelf life of the product.
- They can give a good feel while rubbing the face. (Abbrasiveness)
- They give a good appealing look to the product.
- They can give good short-term results to the consumers.
How Can we minimize the risk of Microbeads?
To minimize the risk of microbeads, we have to restrict them from their first point of entry to the environment. So for that purpose, we need to do some legislation to stop the use of microbeads in personal care products.
But your strategy to combat this issue will depend upon where you live.
People in developing countries still don’t know the side effects of microbeads, while in developed countries, proper legislation has been passed to stop the use of microbeads.
In 2012, the North Sea Foundation and Plastic Soap foundation launched an app for dutch people by which they can confirm whether their products are microbeads free or not. One year after the launch of this app, the UN Environment Program and UK-based NGO Fauna and Flora International expanded it further for international consumers. This app succeeded and convinced many people to quit using products containing microbeads.
Many countries have banned the use of microbeads in the production of cosmetics. Those countries include
- New Zealand
Alternatives To Microbeads:_
There are some alternatives to microbeads that are biodegradable or can be filtered out during the wastewater treatment systems. Some multinational companies (L’Oréal & Johnson and Johnson) are trying to avoid using microbeads and these alternatives.
- Sea Salt
- Apricot pits
- Coconut Husks
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