image source: http://www.vpirg.org

image source: http://www.vpirg.org

So what's the deal? Microbeads have been in and out of the headlines for the past few years. Many states such as Minnesota, Washington, Oregon, and Hawaii are considering legislation to phase them out. Connecticut, Maine, Colorado, Indiana, MarylandIllinois, New Jersey, and Wisconsin have passed legislation that prohibits their sale and manufacturing. Federally, Congress is considering a move to mandate “microbead-free waters” nationwide.

Why are microbeads bad? Well, they are small particles that make their way into the water stream where they absorb all sorts of nasties like DDT. Then the fish ingest them. Then we ingest the fish. Then everyone ends up poisoned. What an ugly side to the beauty industry.

So what's the good news? Along with the formerly mentioned legislation, corporations such as Unilever, Procter and Gamble, Johnson and Johnson, and L'Oreal have started phasing out microbeads.

What do you do if you find yourself with a facial scrub or toothpaste with microbeads? Look for polyethylene in the ingredient deck. Don't use it, don't open it. Keep it sealed up.

The Sierra Club states the following: So--the safest way to get rid of the stuff is to leave it in its container, tighten the lid, and send it to the landfill with your regular garbage where it's quite unlikely to escape into the environment. But NEVER, ever, not ever, pour it down a drain or flush it down the toilet, because that’s exactly how it spreads into the watershed. http://www.sierraclub.org/sierra/2014-4-july-august/green-life/how-handle-microbeads

At Remedy, I'll never use or sell anything with microbeads. And I'll make sure anything you currently own is disposed of properly, just bring it in. I got you #skinsorcery.