Illinois made news and history recently by being the first municipality in the world to ban products containing exfoliating microbeads, which are typically made from plastic. Four other states are expected to follow suit.
The sale of facial exfoliators, hand sanitizers, toothpaste and body scrubs containing these plastic pollutants will be prohibited in Illinois by 2019. While environmentalists are encouraged that these bans are swiftly making their way through state legislatures, they are concerned by Illinois' far off deadline.
The microbeads, which range in size from 0.0004 to 1.24 mm, are too tiny to be filtered out in waste water treatment facilities and therefore ultimately land in our lakes, rivers, bays and oceans.
The buoyant beads gather toxins as they sit on the surface of the water, often resembling fish eggs, which may mean that they are finding their way into the food chain via the animals that are heartily gobbling them up.
The obvious solution is to turn to natural exfoliants in beauty products.
Our brand new Jasmine Spice Scrub Bar is, by far, the grittiest of our bars offering superior exfoliating power by making use of ground organic eggshells that come from our own free-roaming hens. Our popular Peppermint Poppy Seed Bar uses all natural poppy seeds that provide a gentler, tickley ball bearing type scrub sensation. Our Lavender Oatmeal Bar and our Cinnamon Oatmeal Bar offer the moisturizing and exfoliating power of organic steel cut oatmeal, and our Calendula Bay Rose Bar and Coconut Breeze Bar offer a much gentler touch by using calendula petals and flakes of natural coconut.
With so many natural options available, it seems a no-brainer to go with products that won't harm the environment. By doing so, you may just end up helping yourself out in the long run.