Of all the places I expect to find plastic in the world around me, inside my bath soap is not one of them. But, if you use an exfoliating soap, they are probably in there. They can cause significant environmental issues. Because of this, Illinois has recently passed legislation to rid soap in their state of plastic microbeads.
This is no small issue. The concentration of microbeads currently in Lake Ontario, averaged 1.1 million plastic particles per square kilometer. The harm comes from the fact that the beads end up in the water where the fish egg size beads are consumed by fish. Humans then consume the fish and the plastic beads.
The legislation that passed plans for the end of production of microbead soaps by 2018 and them to be off the market completely in Illinois by 2019. “Karen Ross, a spokeswoman for the Personal Care Products Council, says that L'Oreal, Johnson & Johnson and Procter & Gamble are already on board with the new law, agreeing to phase out microbeads from personal care products.” These companies are currently looking for natural alternatives for exfoliates.
At Adams Handmade Soap ONLY NATURAL INGREDIENTS ARE USED AS EXFOLIATES, they include:
I, for one, am glad to hear this change is being made. I personally prefer natural soaps with natural ingredients and love seeing that Illinois is being proactive in solving a problem that most states are not even looking at currently. I hope to see more states and companies follow the example set forth.
Curation Source: http://www.naturalnews.com/045501_plastic_microbeads_Illinois_water_pollution.html
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