Everyday Products Banned As Unsafe in 2016

President Obama signed a law in 2016 banning the use of microbeads.

By Thegreenj - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0

By ThegreenjOwn work, CC BY-SA 3.0

Microbeads are found in everyday products like soaps, toothpaste, and even table salt.

Water treatment facilities were not designed to filter out these particles, and they end up passing through processing. These beads have been found in river beds, lakes, oceans, inside fish, and even trapped in human gums.

Many brands of facial cleansers, body washes, moisturizers, exfoliators, were all found to have the harmful chemicals.

The international campaign against microbeads has assembled lists for many different countries to help people identify products containing microbeads: http://beatthemicrobead.org/en/product-lists