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Flushing plastic down the drain!
Posted By Beth Terry On July 24, 2007 @ 11:14 pm In soaps and lotions | 28 Comments
Say what? The little grains in exfoliating scrubs more often than not are made of plastic these days! Plastic that is meant to be rinsed down the drain, where it enters our waterways and the bodies of aquatic creatures. I almost didn’t believe it when I read it in this article: Polymers Are Forever . So I did a Google search, and this is what I found…
MD Formulations Face & Body Scrub  contains polyethylene granules.
Peter Thomas Roth AHA/BHA Face & Body Polish  contains micro-fine polyethylene beads.
SkinCeuticals Body Polish  contains polyethylene beads.
Helen Pensanti Exfoliating Cleanser  contains polyethylene beads from Switzerland. (Do the Swiss make better plastic?)
Isomers Manual Microderm Cleanser  contains polyethylene beads.
Thinking that it was just the high-end cleansers that contain plastic, I went to drugstore.com  and did a search on “polyethylene.” There were over a thousand items  that contained “polyethylene” in the ingredients list! (12/07/2011: Since this post was first published, Drugstore.com has changed its Search function so you can no longer see all the products that contain a particular ingredient.) Among the facial scrubs containing plastic were pretty much anything described as having “microbeads,” such as:
Dove Gentle Exfoliating Foaming Facial Cleanser
Nivea face scrub
Aveeno daily scrub
Neutrogena Body Clear body scrub
L’Oreal Pure Zone Pore Unclogging Scrub Cleanser
Ambi Even & Clear Skincare, Exfoliating Wash
Clean & Clear Oil-Free Daily Pore Cleanser
Phisoderm Nurturing Facial Polish
Garnier Nutritioniste Nuti-Pure Microbead Cream Scrub
So how about some good news? Here are some facial scrubs on the drugtore.com web site which do not contain polyethylene. Several of these are labeled as 100% biodegradable.
Alba Botanica Clarifying Scrub
Alba Hawaiian Facial Scrub, Pineapple Enzyme
Aubrey Organics North Woods Face Scrub
Avalon Organics Exfoliating Enzyme Scrub
Burt’s Bees Citrus Facial Scrub
Burt’s Bees Peach & Willowbark, Deep Pore Scrub
derma e Microdermabrasion Scrub
Earth Science Gentle Facial Scrub, Apricot
Grandpa’s Old Fashioned Oatmeal Soap, For Face & Bath
Jason Natural Cosmetics Scrubble (various types)
Jason Red Elements Exfoliating Scrub
Juice Organics New! Apple Exfoliating Peel
Kiss My Face Organics Jump Start, Exfoliating Face Wash
Kiss My Face Organics So Refined, Jojoba & Mint Facial
Nature’s Gate Revitalizing Facial Scrub
Zia Natural Skincare Natural Microdermabrasion Scrub
So the moral to the story is: Read labels! You might be buying more plastic than just the container!
Article printed from My Plastic-free Life: http://myplasticfreelife.com
URL to article: http://myplasticfreelife.com/2007/07/flushing-plastic-down-drain/
URLs in this post:
 Polymers Are Forever: http://www.orionmagazine.org/index.php/articles/article/270/
 MD Formulations Face & Body Scrub: http://www.mdformulations.com/jump.jsp?itemID=41&itemType=PRODUCT&path=1%2C2%2C9%2C44&KickerID=21&KICKER
 Peter Thomas Roth AHA/BHA Face & Body Polish: http://www.dermstore.com/product_AHA/BHA+Face+&+Body+Polish_2840.htm
 SkinCeuticals Body Polish: http://www.dermstore.com/product_Body+Polish_1330.htm
 Helen Pensanti Exfoliating Cleanser: http://www.helenpensanti.com/prodinfo.asp?number=HP203
 Isomers Manual Microderm Cleanser: http://www.shopnbc.com/product/?familyid=C23491
 drugstore.com: http://www.drugstore.com
 over a thousand items: http://www.drugstore.com/search/search_results.asp?N=0&Ntx=mode%2Bmatchallpartial&Ntk=All&srchtree=1&Ntt=polyethylene&Go.x=0&Go.y=0
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