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Unilever to Discontinue MicroBeads

Why the Plastic Beads in Your Body Scrub Are Dangerous

Unilever is taking a big step in protecting marine life and ultimately us, too. It turns out that the plastic beads in your exfoliating body wash are more harmful to the environment than you might think. These tiny non-biodegradable pieces head down your drain, enter the ocean, and are later ingested by sea creatures. Studies show that these tiny particles can also transport contaminants to the animals potentially being consumed by humans. Unilever (owners of Dove and Vaseline) is taking action. The company vows to phase out plastic exfoliants by 2015. Until then, you can take responsibility in reducing the ocean's landfills by opting for sugar or salt scrubs over marine-killing microbeads.

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Jessica-Cruel Jessica-Cruel 4 years
Unilever will not be releasing any new products using the beads. However, it is probably going to take some time to get rid of the other items already out in drugstores. I definitely think the company is setting the example for environmental protection, and hopefully other brands will follow.
Sadhie Sadhie 4 years
Yeah, seriously!! Why can't we stop this NOW?? I'm not a body scrub user, so I didn't even know that there were non-biodegradable plastic in there...but they're now seeing this as a bad thing for our oceans and animals?!?!?! Man, humans are so awful.
sarasonne sarasonne 4 years
Why is this going to take until 2015 to phase out??
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