Plastic beads are not fish food

You may have read last fall in the news how plastic beads are invading the great lakes. It was a powerful story with an important message – what we wash down the drain ends up in our rivers, lakes, oceans and wildlife.

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Things don’t just magically go away, they have to go somewhere. While our water/sewage system does filter some out, it doesn’t filter everything. These little plastic beads (called microbeads or microplastics) are small enough to pass through the water filtration systems and unfortunately, have made their way into rivers and lakes and ultimately fish and other marine life. Ultimately, the microbeads and the toxins that can accumulate in plastics, can make their way back to us.

Where can these plastic beads be found (besides Nemo’s stomach)? Mostly face scrubs and body scrubs. Aveeno, Clean & Clear, Neutrogena and Olay are all guilty of including it in their products, as are the generic drugstore brands (even my beloved Target) that make knock-off products of the big brands.

So how do you know if your scrubby-product is plastic? Look at the ingredients list. Plastic beads will be labeled as polyethelene, polypropylene , polyethylene terephthalate, or polymethyl methacrylate.

Normally with products that aren’t super ‘green’, I tell people just to finish what they have and then choose something more natural the next go-round. This is one instance where I do not recommend finishing the product. Don’t even use another drop. Duct tape up that plastic bead product so it is sealed and throw it in the trash. It’s just not worth adding more plastic beads into our waterways.

Knowing what is going on is only one part of it, you have to do something about it. Thankfully, there are lots and lots of options. I can’t name them all, but here are a few:

Acure Organics Brightening Facial Scrub uses organic lemon peel granules, french green clay and cocoa powder.

Amala Hydrating Face Polish uses finely crushed lychee seeds.

Frangipani Exfoliating Face Gel uses jojoba beads.

Osmia Organics Detox Exfoliating Mask uses finely-ground walnut shells and olive leaf powder.

Surya Brasil Sapien Women Body Scrub and Facial Scrub use natural coconut bark and organic buriti.

Or, just stay away from beads and use a gentle chemical exfoliant like Living Nature’s Vitalising Exfoliant.

Or, go for both! Burt’s Bees Peach & Willow Bark Deep Pore Scrub uses finely ground peach stone and natural salicylic acid. Amala’s Purifying Face Polish uses finely crushed bamboo as well as natural salicylic acid.

These are just a few examples of the many out there. Whatever you choose, please – just don’t choose plastic.

If you want to learn more, visit BeatTheMicrobead.org.

 

 

5 Must Have Beauty Products for Spring!

Spring is in the air! It’s officially warm here and I hear is finally warming up everywhere else. So to lead in spring, Jen and I put together an awesome makeup look using 5 of my favorite products for spring:

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1 - ILIA Polka Dots and Moonbeams

This highlight brings a subtle shimmer to skin that is great for spring. The cold days are over, skin needs a dewy shimmer! My previous review here.

2 - Jane Iredale Golden Girl Eye Shadow Trio

I just reviewed this not that long ago, Golden Girl is part of their new Magic Hour collection. I love the peachy golden tones of this trio, great for spring and summer!

3 - Alima Pure Freja Blush

I haven’t reviewed this officially yet (but it did get a special appearance in this post), but I love it. It’s been a staple in my makeup bag for years now. It has a great peachy pink color. It’s like spring in a blush :o)

4 - Red Apple Lipstick Coral Crush

I had mentioned in my previous review that Coral Crush would be perfect for spring and here it is! I love this color.

5 - Living Nature Summer Bronzer

While summer may be in the title, I think spring is the perfect time of year to bring out the bronzer. The sun is out but my skin hasn’t been able to get any color yet. So fake it ’til you make it ;o) This bronzer has a lot of pigment, but still works for my fair skin.

Also to note, we did use Antonym’s brushes in the video. An official review is coming soon, but I’ll just say this quickly – these are amazing. They are super soft and vegan!

Ok, enough blabbing on! Here is the video that shows all of these products:

Like Washing with Fluffy Clouds ~ Natural Konjac Body Sponge

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Konjac sponges are the IT sponge right now. My first experience was with Boscia's Facial Sponge and now I've been able to try konjac body sponges and I love them! Natural Konjac Sponge offers a variety of sponges, but since I already had a face … [Continue reading]

My Eyes are Vitalized with Blissoma

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I've only reviewed two eye serums in the two and a half years of blogging because the truth is, good eye serums are really hard to find. So, as you might guess because I'm reviewing it - I've found another one! Blissoma's Bright Eye Vitalizing … [Continue reading]

Something fun and something new – April Sponsors!

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Last fall, I posted about how I was introducing advertising to my blog. I've been doing advertising for the past several months and have really loved discovering and working with new companies. Lately though, I have been thinking of the WIFM (Whats … [Continue reading]

Lauren Brooke Cosmetiques Awesomeness – Part 2

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I totally meant to write Part 2 this weekend, and then I started watching House of Cards. Have you seen it? Don't start watching it. It sucks you in and consumes your life! But seriously, it's awesome. So back to Lauren Brooke awesomeness... I've … [Continue reading]

Lauren Brooke Cosmetiques Part 1 & a Giveaway!

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I love trying new makeup companies! I have heard great things about Lauren Brooke Cosmetiques so when Natural Joy Beauty contacted me to see if I would like to try something from their website, I jumped at the chance to try Lauren Brooke. Since I … [Continue reading]

Are your legs ready to see the sun?

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Now that it is starting to warm up, out come my shorts! And then of course is the realization that my legs are freakishly pale. Not only am I naturally fair, but after months of winter with wearing pants, my leg color becomes what may be referred to … [Continue reading]

Spring Fashion! My Favorites in the Latest Eco-Fashion

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With it being officially the spring season, comes fun new clothes! Here are some cool new pieces I've spotted on my favorite online eco-clothing stores: Threads for Thought Miramar Tank - I love the bright colors, it would be great for … [Continue reading]

It’s Time for Spring Cleaning! My Favorite Eco-Friendly Products

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Cleaning products were the first things that I switched to environmentally-friendly. Over the past years, I have found a few products that are awesome. So as you go through your house, doing a deep cleaning for spring, don't use products that contain … [Continue reading]