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.


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!


A Plastic Ocean: Why I Stopped Using Certain Plastic Products Today & You Should Too

After watching A Plastic Ocean today, I made a commitment to stop using plastic water bottles & grocery bags immediately while making a promise of finding other ways to exclude plastic products from my life as well. If your unsure of why you should make the switch and need that one reason to push you over to the green side, this movie will do the trick.

A Plastic Ocean is an eye opening documentary that can be found on your household Netflix account & is an overwhelming first hand look at how plastic pollution in our ocean is affecting the health of our ecosystem. It’s 102 minutes of watching director & journalist Craig Leeson travel the ocean to examine the effects of pollution with the experts themselves.

** hint hint** plastic water bottles and bags are a huge part of it.

In just the first 16 minutes of watching the film, 19 million pounds of plastic was produced around the world. 16 minutes = 19 million pounds. It’s hard to imagine that much plastic in one place. What is harder to imagine is that more plastic has been produced in the last 10 years than the century prior to that. That means all of us are the cause of those results.

Everyday products like plastic waster bottles and micro-beads that are found in facial scrubs, toothpaste, & cosmetics are polluting our oceans. We buy these products from box stores like Walmart, Target, Costco, and Sams Club because it’s what is the cheapest & most available. We buy products wrapped & packaged in plastic, then proceed to carry them home in plastic bags, which ends up being thrown away once the product has been consumed or used. The majority of this plastic is improperly discarded, as only 1/5th of the plastic we use globally today is recycled according to the a National Geographic, who shared these infoGraphics below:

It is a common and deadly misconception that all of our plastic just disappears when the garbage man hauls it off, like it is never to be seen again. What we don’t realize is that, in some places that we explore in the film, the plastic bottles & particles of broken apart plastic were found almost 5,249 feet down into ocean on its floor where plastic doesn’t belong, affecting those who live and eat there. That’s a long way down.

Plastic Facts from A Plastic Ocean

5 trillion pieces of plastic are in our oceans

80% of the ocean plastic is generated from onshore sources

300 pounds of plastic waste per person is from single use products

300 million tons of plastic would be produced in the next year at the time the film was made

Plastic doesn’t degrade, only breaks up into smaller pieces over time

  • How Sea-Life is being affected
  • When plastic ends up in the ocean, the pieces will eventually break up due to the motion from the waves, ultra violet radiation from the sun, and salt. These plastic particles called Micro-plastics absorb chemicals from the ocean, making them toxic.
  • These toxic Micro-plastics are accidentally consumed by creatures such as Whales, Fish, and Seabirds as they feed on other ocean life like krill and smaller fish. Eventually, the animal dies from the plastic built up in the stomach or from the toxins living in the plastic itself.
  • Fish is a large part of the human diet. Some of our favorite seafood dishes include the fish that are consuming these toxic particles that we put into the ocean, When we are throwing our plastic away, its ending up in the ocean, being consumed by fish, which are being caught, then being sold to eventually end up on our plates.
  • What we can do starting today
  • Conscious Crates Co. was specifically designed to teach people how to transition into a more eco friendly lifestyle. A Plastic Ocean gave us a reason to give you as to why you should.
  • We know that an eco lifestyle is possible and there are simple and small steps we can take to do this ourselves without breaking the bank. That’s why
  • Use a non plastic reusable water bottle
  • Recycle the plastic water bottles you do use
  • Use a non plastic reusable coffee/tea mug when going to your local coffee shop
  • Use biodegradable plates, beverage, and eating utensils
  • Use reusable produce and shopping bags
  • Use reusable snack and lunch bag
  • Tell your state representative that you demand action on plastic pollution
  • It’s easy to do the wrong thing and continue our plastic life as we do today. It’s cheap & affordable now, but the cost of our future is priceless. The less our friends & family know about the crisis will elongate the issue.

    Conscious Crates Co. believes that eco friendly and sustainable products shouldn’t be a specialty sold at unaffordable prices. We are working towards a selection of earth conscious items to offer our readers, so keep checking back as we build and inventory of the right products for you & the earth. Until then, follow our blog & instagram to learn about making the switch to an eco conscious lifestyle and how you can do it too.