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To think we should all stop buying microbead scrubbers and force them to stop using

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feellikeahugefailure Wed 01-Jun-16 10:47:10

They still seem to be making them, even though there has been campaigns for years about how bad they are . They aren't affective and there are plenty of natural effective ways that do work to exfoliate.

Boots have just sent me a mail with offers including Clean & Clear Blackhead Clearing Oil-Free Daily Scrub - by J&J and they are still in it! :

Ingredients
Aqua, Cetyl Alcohol, PPG-15 Stearyl Ether, Polyethlene, Cera Microcristallina, Steareth-21, Salicylic Acid, Polysorbate 60, Panthenol, Chamomilla Recutita Extrac, Aloe Barbadensis Gel, Bisabolol, Jojoba Esters, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Propylene Glycol, Glucose, Butylene
Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Menthyl Lactate, BHT, Parfum
Do people still not know about all this plastic pollution?

RobinsAreTerritorialFuckers Wed 01-Jun-16 10:53:10

Well, they clearly are affective.

Sorry.

But yes, there are still people who are unaware of this. I do agree with you it would be simpler just to ban them.

Pootles2010 Wed 01-Jun-16 10:54:42

Yes lots don't - i only know about it because its one of the WI resolutions atm! I think they might get banned soon, I think the US have already done it?

squoosh Wed 01-Jun-16 10:56:46

Yes they should definitely be banned.

feellikeahugefailure Wed 01-Jun-16 10:57:47

Well affective at selling maybe.

I don't really like bans, but there is no way to use them without polluting so i think they should be.

Apparently some states ban them and even India is banning them.

GandalfsWrinklyHat Wed 01-Jun-16 10:59:43

YA so NBU!!!

Liiinooo Wed 01-Jun-16 11:00:13

YANBU.

RobinsAreTerritorialFuckers Wed 01-Jun-16 11:00:32

You mean effective. Sorry, I was being a bit snide there. But I was a bit irritated by your 'do people still not know'. Everyone has areas of ignorance.

AdrenalineFudge Wed 01-Jun-16 11:04:09

I'm completely unaware about this but i don't use scrubs.

MagicMojito Wed 01-Jun-16 11:07:46

Thanks for this, I had no idea blushshock

I find threads like this so useful as this is the type of thing you don't realise until its brought to your attention, the same with the "flushable" toddler wipes thread earlier in the week. Its no wonder that we are slowly destroying the planet when we don't even realise we are doing it!

MooPointCowsOpinion Wed 01-Jun-16 11:10:49

YANBU.

Micro beads are awful things, and a decent, gentle daily scrub wouldn't have that awful stuff in.

branofthemist Wed 01-Jun-16 11:12:57

I have no idea what you are talking about.

We don't use anything but coconut oil to wash with so its never come to my attention.

It's ridiculous to say everyone should get educated. Do you know everything about every subject known?

QueenLaBeefah Wed 01-Jun-16 11:15:58

YANBU

TBH what would be truly effective is a global ban on them.

anyfuckingnicknamewilldo Wed 01-Jun-16 11:21:40

I had no idea on this. So thanks for the heads up. I used to use them, but no longer.

We cant all know everything all the time, even though we are mums and are supposed to be fonts of all knowledge (thank god for Google) so UABU to think we should no this. YNBU to inform people.

UnderTheGreenwoodTree Wed 01-Jun-16 11:21:47

YANBU. I think they should be banned - they are totally non-essential and very damaging to the environment.

CrazyDuchess Wed 01-Jun-16 11:23:30

YANBU- much more effective ways of exfoliating!

My personal favourite is a muslin cloths for face and gloves for the body

scampimom Wed 01-Jun-16 11:31:31

Do all scrubs have this effect? Or is it specifically the ones with "microbeads"?

I've got loads of scrubs, is it better to throw away the microbeady ones in the bin? As in, is it a problem only when they get into the water supply?

OurBlanche Wed 01-Jun-16 11:32:38

Do people still not know about all this plastic pollution?

Quite possibly. I don't! But thgen I don't use the, to me, unecessary products that might contain them.

And then.... could you tell me why Nestles is boycoted? I find many people stilll don't know that either... despite it having been 'news' for decades.

Everyone has their gaps in knowledge. Everyone has gaps in their eco frindliness. I, for example, really can't get excited but the fcat that there are little plastic balls in exfoliateing creams as I have never seen the poiunt of buying the exfoliators in the first place, so why would I know the bloody things exist?

Sadly I can't STOP buying something I never started to buy! Sorry.

feellikeahugefailure Wed 01-Jun-16 11:35:07

You mean effective. Sorry, I was being a bit snide there. But I was a bit irritated by your 'do people still not know'. Everyone has areas of ignorance.

I thought it was E if talking about something emotional to be honest. I was probably taught wrong.

I see how that could get peoples back up, I did mean it more out of desperation that its been years and the message hasn't got out about these silly balls.

Didn't mean to offend anyone at all.

MrsTickleMonster Wed 01-Jun-16 11:36:21

YANBU... I spent ages in Boots the other week trying to find a scrub without them. In the end, a quick google search brought up a PDF with a full list of non-microbead containing scrubs. There should be more awareness, you're right, but it would take a cosmetic company or big viral campaign to have the kind of impact necessary to change the public consciousness on this imo

feellikeahugefailure Wed 01-Jun-16 11:37:37

We don't use anything but coconut oil to wash with so its never come to my attention. It's ridiculous to say everyone should get educated. Do you know everything about every subject known?

What do you do with the coconut oil afterwards or is that a joke? That could clog up drains.

Again I apologies for how I worded it, reading it back it does sound standoffish. Not what I was trying to do at all!

Just raise a bit of awareness smile

NeedACleverNN Wed 01-Jun-16 11:39:38

I never knew this.

Wouldn't have even crossed my mind that the beads were plastic. I don't use scrubs anyway. I did used to use a sugar scrub though

SpaceUnicorn Wed 01-Jun-16 11:43:37

I didn't know this either. I don't buy these scrubs, but I might unknowingly have done so in the future, so thanks for alerting me smile

Fuzzywuzzywasabear Wed 01-Jun-16 11:44:22

I didn't even know they were plastic! I don't what I thought they were but definitely not plastic! Just little gritty bitsconfused

Will be switching to another face scrub.

UnderTheGreenwoodTree Wed 01-Jun-16 11:44:47

I've got loads of scrubs, is it better to throw away the microbeady ones in the bin? As in, is it a problem only when they get into the water supply?

Yes. Chuck 'em.

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