Brushing with Beads
Feb 07, 2016 05:35PM
These beads are not just bad for our dental health, but our waterways. Every time you brush, these tiny beads go down the drain, travel through sewers to a wastewater treatment plant, where they are too small to be filtered by the plants, and instead are discharged right into waterways. This problem caught the attention of advocacy groups and scientists, who have raised these concerns to elected officials. New Jersey’s Congressman Frank Pallone introduced the Microbead-Free Waters Act of 2015, which prohibits the sale or distribution of rinse-off cosmetics containing plastic microbeads. This bill was signed into law by President Obama in December 2015!
Although now banned, products containing microbeads will remain on the shelf until 2017. Until then it is up to us to be conscious shoppers. Read the ingredients list on the box carefully; if you see polyethylene or polypropylene on the list of ingredients it means that product contains microbeads. Luckily, there are plenty of other natural alternatives to keep your breath fresh, your teeth white, and your waterways healthy. Happy brushing!