Microbeads: tiny toxic killers – #BanTheBead

The issue of microbeads has been a hot topic in the media lately. Microbeads are found in many facewash and cleansing products (supposedly to help exfoliate your skin), but then are washed down the drain and not filtered out of our waterways. These micro-plastic particles absorb toxic chemicals and then are ingested by marine wildlife. Imagine these poor fish! And what if we eat the fish?? Toxic toxic toxic!

The 5 Gyres Institute has a great infographic explaining the problem. 

Microbeads: Tiny Toxic Killers infographic from 5 gyres #banthebead
Microbeads: Tiny Toxic Killers

What can you do?

  1. Don’t buy products with microbeads.

  2. Take action by signing the 5 Gyres petition to ban microbeads.

  3. Sign the Canadian Environmental Defence petition asking the federal government to ban microbeads.

  4. Spread the word! #BanTheBead

It’s disturbing to me that even with so much evidence about how dangerous they are, microbeads are still prominent in our everyday products. We need to get them banned!

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