Plastic Microbeads No More: Unilever Will Phase Out Micro-Plastics From Their Facial Scrubs And Exfoliators.

Microbead Food ChainGood for Unilever – the makers of Dove soaps, Vaseline and Pond’s skin cream has decided to phase out slow-to biodegrade plastic microbeads from their products. Microbeads are used in Unilever produced facial scrubs and personal care products as an exfoliator. After use, the environmentally damaging microbeads enter the waste stream and eventually travel up the marine food chain. Here’s the statement from a Unilever’s website:

“The issue of plastics particles in the ocean is an important issue and we have reviewed the use of micro beads in our portfolio (both current products and those in the pipeline). We have decided to phase out the use of plastic micro beads as a ‘scrub’ material in all of our personal care products. We expect to complete this phase out globally by 2015.”

So what can you do now to avoid plastic microbeads in your facial scrub? According to Sue Kinsey of the Marine Conservation Society, you should read the label carefully and look for natural alternatives such as products that contain sand. [Guardian]