If you exfoliate on a regular basis, you have got to read this article. The UK (and maybe Europe) has banned the use of plastics in exfoliants, but not North America… could you imagine? Many high end brands do use natural exfoliants, but they’re still pretty easy to run into. What do you guys think?
I think it’s pretty easy to find an exfoliant that’s not plastic and an easy choice to make for the environment.
The following is an excerpt from years ago about plastics in skincare products, click on the link at the very bottom to read the whole thing.
“Exfoliants: little granules that massage you as you bathe.” He selects a peach-colored tube of St. Ives Apricot Scrub; its label reads: 100% natural exfoliants. “This stuff is okay. The granules are actually chunks of ground-up jojoba seeds and walnut shells.” Other natural brands use grape seeds, apricot hulls, coarse sugar, or sea salt. “The rest of them,” he says, with a sweep of his hand, “have all gone to plastic.”
On each, listed among the ingredients are “micro-fine polyethylene granules,” or “polyethylene micro-spheres,” or “polyethylene beads.” Or just polyethylene.
“Can you believe it?” Richard Thompson demands of no one in particular, loud enough that faces bent over microscopes rise to look at him. “They’re selling plastic meant to go right down the drain, into the sewers, into the rivers, right into the ocean. Bite-sized pieces of plastic to be swallowed by little sea creatures.”
Read the rest here.