Polyethylene: Plastic Pollution We Didn’t Know Was In Products We Used Everyday

Did you know that there is a main ingredient in our basic household products that keeps plastic flowing into our water every time we use it?

Did you know that this ingredient is often found in our toothpaste, soaps, and even face washes without us even knowing?

If you didn’t, that’s because you probably haven’t heard the truth about Polyethylene, otherwise known as Microbeads!

Microbeads are tiny particles used in products like our toothpaste & face washes to help exfoliate. You may also hear these referred to as microplastics because that is truly what they are, small micro pieces of plastic.

Some bottles of toothpaste or face washes can have up to hundreds of thousands of microbeads in just one tube!

It may not seem like your harming the environment when you are using products with this ingredient, however these tiny pieces of plastic are not biodegradable, meaning they will not breakdown over time, only break apart into smaller pieces.

When we use products with microbeads, we are actually starting a viscous cycle that ends with humans consuming these micro plastics in our diet… that’s right, consuming plastic.

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As shown above, these microbeads are washed down the drain when we brush our teeth or wash our face. The sewer water that goes through treatment plants to be cleaned will not be filtered for micro beads, causing them to stay in the water and eventually flow into the ocean 🌊

Once the tiny pieces of plastic end up in the ocean, they will most likely be absorbed by fish, who might also eventually be absorbed by other fish, which might be fed in by another species due to the food chain process 🐟 the food chain process will continue, eventually leading its way back to humans as we love to feed on seafood as a common dish.

Make the switch to products that don’t have Polyethylene on the label to stop the flow of microplastics into our oceans and food!

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