The Book of Matthew says faith the size of a mustard seed is all that is needed to move mountains, a great testament to power found in the small.
Well imagine several trillion, slightly smaller, mustard seeds covering the ocean floor, and you’ve got a problem of biblical proportions on your hands.
In a recent study by Environmental Science & Technology, it was discovered that there are enough micro beads in lakes and oceans today to cover 300 tennis courts. That equals eight trillion beads washed down the drain everyday.
These seemingly harmless, tiny compounds are actually plastic particles that are not water-soluble. They are one millimeter in size and too small to be picked up by water facilities.
Instead the beads are deposited into bodies of water through final effluent, threatening aquatic life.
Once underwater, the beads absorb toxins and mercury like a sponge. Animals mistake these particles for fish eggs which are the same size. These plastics can also get caught in the intestines of fish causing abrasions and blockages, keeping it from essential nutrients. Not to mention the harm this poses to humans that eat seafood.
Since President Obama recently signed the Microbead-Free Waters Act of 2015, “banning the manufacture and sale of tiny pieces of plastic found in soaps, toothpastes, and body washes in the United States,” your go-to body wash will be no more starting 2018.
Brands, including L’Oreal, Colgate, and Johnson & Johnson have already pledged to stop using micro beads in their rinse off products. With states like, New Mexico and Maryland on the bead ban bandwagon as well.
Have no fear, companies understand the need for all of us to slough off dead skin and have begun exploring alternatives like apricot seeds and cocoa beans for deep cleaning instead.
Ready to kick the habit now? Look for the word, “Polyproplene” in the ingredient list which indicates plastic contents.