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Tiny plastic timebomb - the pollutants in our cosmetics
05-19-2014, 12:27 PM #1
Octo Mother Superior
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Few consumers realise that many cosmetic products, such as facial scrubs, toothpastes and shower gels, now contain many thousands of microplastic beads which have been deliberately added by the manufacturers of more than 100 consumer products over the past two decades.

Plastic microbeads, which are typically less than a millimetre wide and are too small to be filtered by sewage-treatment plants, are able to carry deadly toxins into the animals that ingest them, including those in the human food chain such as fish, mussels and crabs, scientists said.

While many people have assiduously tried to recycle their plastic waste, cosmetics companies have at the same time been quietly adding hundreds of cubic metres of plastics such as polyethylene to products that are deliberately designed to be washed into waste-water systems – one estimate suggests that, in the US alone, up to 1,200 cubic metres of microplastic beads are washed down the drains each year.

Originally, the cosmetics industry used natural ingredients such as ground-up apricot kernels, crushed walnut shells and dried coconut as skin exfoliants – gentle abrasives that can remove dirt and dead layers of cells.

However, at some point in the late 1990s some companies quietly switched to plastic microbeads and the practice quickly spread to other firms and now includes most skin scrubs, polishes and soaps, even when they are not sold as skin exfoliants,

Microbeads, which are often labelled simply as "PE", "PP" or "PMMA" in the product ingredients, are now found in more than 100 toiletries and cosmetics. They are made by companies ranging from the big chemicals giants such as Johnson & Johnson, Procter & Gamble and Unilever, and supermarket chains such as Sainsbury's, Tesco and Marks and Spencer, to high-end cosmetics firms such as Clarins and L'Oréal.

Professor Callum Roberts of the University of York told The IoS last night: "As plastics fragment into smaller pieces, they concentrate toxins. Microbeads are highly potent concentrators, feeding toxins into plankton at the bottom of the food web.

Read the whole exclusive article at http://www.independent.co.uk/news/scienc...91412.html

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05-19-2014, 12:37 PM #2
JayRodney ⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
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Eye opening spock.gif I worry too about the barrage of nano particles in products. Like the plastics, no long term studies have been done to study human safety, or environmental impact.
Replacing natural exfoliants with petroleum based plastics... what could possibly go wrong?
Hemp is a wonderful biodegradable plastic. 13.gif If they feel as though they have to use it, why make it from petroleum?
The ability to transform it into plastic and fiberglass is two of a hundred reasons it was demonized to begin with.
Nothing scares the petroleum industry, the logging industry, and drug companies like hemp.

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05-19-2014, 02:30 PM #3
DaJavoo If looks could kilt
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All bottom line driven. Why add to the cost by using something natural when you can insert basically air incased in plastic into your product?

Greedy Wankers.
05-19-2014, 02:42 PM #4
Shadow Mrs. Buckwheat
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Product awareness should be part of any school curriculum. As should fractional reserve banking and finances. Am I more affected by how much interest I pay and what I eat and wear, or what happened in Egypt 5,000 years ago?
05-19-2014, 02:56 PM #5
White Ribbon call me
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i only use organic rose hip oil on my face..

i do have a moisturiser that i use on top of that, but not often as i know those products are full of crapola.. sometimes i just need that extra something.. you know if i have been to the beach cause its 5th day in a row over 25C and its nearly winter.. its hard being perfect and even harder living in eden..

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05-19-2014, 03:00 PM #6
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(05-19-2014, 02:42 PM)Shadow Wrote:  Product awareness should be part of any school curriculum. As should fractional reserve banking and finances. Am I more affected by how much interest I pay and what I eat and wear, or what happened in Egypt 5,000 years ago?

beercheer.gif an ET i walk/talk with was bitchin' about 'spiral-derivatives' one day. chuckle.gif 37.gif
05-19-2014, 03:00 PM #7
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05-19-2014, 03:06 PM #8
Octo Mother Superior
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The plastic is probably not even the worst things in cosmetics, a largely unregulated industry. As the skin is our largest organ I think common sense dictates that chemical cocktails applied topically on a daily basis will have some negative effects.
I don't put anything on my skin that I can't eat. 13.gif
05-19-2014, 03:12 PM #9
DaJavoo If looks could kilt
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(05-19-2014, 03:00 PM)Beyond Smolensk Wrote:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBoD_zRfz_4

Dear God ~ That's worse than putting Xray machine clibration in the hands of children's shoe salesmen. damned.gif

People were so damn ignorant in the 50's Atomic Age.
05-19-2014, 04:38 PM #10
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They bombarded my moms face with "radium treatments" for acne. How she avoided cancer I'll never know.
Talk about a glowing complexion 15.gif

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05-20-2014, 06:27 PM #11
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Good find.

Biere.
05-20-2014, 06:43 PM #12
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Yikes.

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05-20-2014, 07:02 PM #13
j browsing Member
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petro chems are in everything from your garbage bags to your pc to medicine to the plastic tubing I use for dialysis..china has become very very wealthy off of the production of petro chems..they took over that market a few years back could under price American companies

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05-20-2014, 07:47 PM #14
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(05-20-2014, 07:02 PM)j browsing Wrote:  petro chems are in everything from your garbage bags to your pc to medicine to the plastic tubing I use for dialysis..china has become very very wealthy off of the production of petro chems..they took over that market a few years back could under price American companies

Shift of wealth by design. Or at least, that's what it looks like.

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05-20-2014, 09:32 PM #15
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They need to put shït in your products to make everyone think they are buying more but just paying for a fake filler!!! Hilarious deceit from commerce!! Hilarious horseshit you all pull on us



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