Plastic microbeads found in exfoliating personal care products are polluting United States Great Lakes. Recent research published in peer-reviewed journal The Marine Pollution Bulletin found high concentrations of plastics in U.S. lakes, particularly Lake Erie, with microbeads accounting for 90 percent of these plastics.
Microbeads are designed to be small enough to wash down the drain, but they are obviously not being caught by sewage treatment and are instead flowing into waterways.
There is no need to continue polluting our lakes with these unnecessary products. Natural products such as ground nuts and fruit pits can exfoliate without harming the environment. Major beauty companies such as The Body Shop have already agreed to phase out microbeads, and it is time for other corporations to follow suit. Please sign the petition to ban plastic microbeads from personal care products!