Plastic microbeads

  • Microbeads are small, solid, manufactured plastic particles that are less than 5mm and don’t degrade or dissolve in water.
  • Harmful Effect : Microbeads can cause plastic particle water pollution and hence it is an environmental hazard for aquatic animals in freshwater and ocean water.
  • Microbeads are not captured by most wastewater treatment systems and they end up in rivers, lakes and oceans. Microbeads can have a damaging effect on marine life, the environment and human health.
  • This is due to their composition, ability to adsorb toxins and potential to transfer up the marine food chain.
  • The best way to reduce their impact is to prevent them from entering the environment.
  • How to detect microbeads  in  products: These include toothpaste, sunscreen, facial scrubs, body wash, cosmetics such as foundation and blush, and other care products.
  • Common microbead ingredients: Polyethylene (PE), Polypropylene (PP), Polyethylene terephthalate (PET),  Polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA),  Nylon (PA) etc.