Taking a Shower is Destroying the Environment!

Bath time: Rub A Dub Dub

We all enjoy a nice relaxing bath or a cleansing shower. It’s basic hygiene. I don’t know about you guys, but I love to exfoliate. It’s the only way I feel 100% clean, like I’ve destroyed all the gross residue of my day. I’m the type that showers at night. My grandmother and mother always said “You don’t want to take your dirt to bed with you”. Something about hopping into a hot shower, lathering up my favorite body wash on to my exfoliating brush, and putting on a nice face mask afterwards always sets me up for the best sleep.

Now-a-days there are isles upon isles dedicated to the plethora of wash products out there. With ever-changing technology comes advantages and disadvantages. And if you’re anything like me then you’re constantly tempted to try out new facial and body washes. I can’t tell you how many brands I’ve come across that have compelling packaging and promises of scrubbing away blackheads and dead skin. It seems that one of the most popular components of any wash product in the recent decade is microbread technology.

I’ll admit I bought into the hype for a while. That is until I stopped and took a little closer look. You probably didn’t realize that just by showering daily with your favorite body wash, you’re poisoning our water supply.



We’re Poisoning the Water Supply

In those exfoliating washes are these pesky little dodads that are designed to scrub away all our gross little secrets. They’re known as microbeads and as satisfying as they may feel rubbing against our bodies that doesn’t change the fact that these little balls are damaging our environment. The thing is what you may not realize is microcbeads are made of plastic.

Essentially what is happening is when wash our faces with products that utilize exfoliatants such as microbeads, the soap dissolves while those little beads we may not notice are being washed down the drain. It’s estimated that one wash product can contain anywhere around 330,000 microbeads and this plastic accounts for a little over 10% of one scrub worth.

Now the problem isn’t that you want to scrub away that grime. That’s totally understandable, same here. However, these pieces of plastic are often smaller than a millimeter which makes it almost impossible to successfully filter these bad boys out of sewage treatments. What this really means is those little exfoliating balls we love so much for erasing our blackheads, are finding their way right now into our waterways.













Fish Are Friends and Food

Do you like sushi? I sure do. I specifically like my sushi plastic-free. Last time I checked I don’t go to Japanese restaurants ordering spicy tuna rolls topped with microbeads and with a side of wasabi. This facetious, I know, however, the issue still stands that when plastics make their way to bodies of water, marine life within it are at risk of ingesting it. This planet already has an issue with plastic pile ups in our oceans. Our marine life have already been established to be consuming the plastic pollution, with microbeads being so small and unfilterable it’s definite that they line the stomachs of countless marine species. One study cites that out of 670 fish examined 35% had these pollutants in their stomachs.

Consider this if these contaminates are in the fish how long will it take for these to reach humans? Not only do we need to worry about fish eating plastic, but also about the chemicals that are used during the manfucturing process.  If the additives and toxins are building up in the marine life, that transfers to whatever creature eats it. By using these blackhead erasers and exfoliating scrubs we’re slowly but, surely poisoning ourselves. Every thing comes full circle and in a way this karam. We poison the environment and it will poison us back.

There are lots of products on the market that are great alternatives to these microbread washes. All it takes is a simple change in shopping habits to stop the furtherance of pollution.

Happy Alternatives:

1. Sugars- Ever used a sugar scrub? It’s heavenly and smells and tastes good too! They dissolve and are contaminates. There are a lot of natural sugar scrubs out there for purchasing. My favorite ones are from an American company called Tree Hut. You can purchase them from any Ulta Beauty or Amazon. I highly suggest picking up Moroccan Rose. I use the scrub and the body lotion.
2. Salt- Same effect that sugar scrubs have.  St. Ives have a really good one out that I’m currently utilizing.
3. Exfoliating brushes- These bad boys are so great! I use brushes to just get the dead skin off and to prep my skin for the ultimate cleaning.
4. Exfoliating gloves- Same idea as the brushes, but they’re less clunky and easier to store. There’s so many to choose from and I’m pretty sure you can pick them up virtually anywhere, including amazon.


  1. Kim

    Great post! My daughter has keratosis pilaris, and I make her a sugar scrub because it’s essential she scrub her arms and legs at least 3 times a week. I also use dry brushing as my at home spa treatment. Microbeads suck!

  2. Kim

    Great post! I stopped using microbeads in my house years ago! So many great natural scrub recipes do so much more for the skin anyway!

  3. Elizabeth Seal

    Aw such an important post, I had no idea of that dangers that came with microbeads! I use a gentle sugar scrub and will help to spread awareness of this to my family and friends 😀 xx

    elizabeth ♡ ”Ice Cream” whispers Clara
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  4. Elizabeth Seal

    Aw such an important post, I had no idea of that dangers that came with microbeads! I use a gentle sugar scrub and will help to spread awareness of this to my family and friends 😀 x

    elizabeth ♡ ”Ice Cream” whispers Clara
    (lets follow each other on bloglovin or instagram)

  5. sarah

    I read about this happening maybe 10 years ago – it’s a shame that they continue to allow these products to stay on the shelves. Salt and sugar scrubs are a great alternative and smell soo good too. No need for plastic to ruin our environment when there are natural ingredients out there that do the same thing…

  6. Niki

    I never thought of that. Luckily, I use either La Vie en Rose Caviar Scrub (lavieenrose.com.gr) or Freshline exfoliator (freshline.gr) they are both 100% natural and cruelty-free! You might want to give them a try 😀

  7. Kirti

    I never knew that microbeads is so harmful for our environment.. Using natural products is always safe.

  8. Kasia

    This is so true. We put so much stuff down the drain we don’t realize where it’s ending up. I already use many natural products but this inspires me even more.

  9. Basundhara Ghosh

    This is difficult to imagine, but so true. We need to find environment-friendly alternatives. It is not that difficult.

  10. Anna

    I prepare my own exfoliator with used coffee and olive oil. I prepare just enough for one or two uses and always have it fresh.http://www.postcardsfromtheworld.com/

  11. Lisa

    It’s so true. In dentistry, my last profession before my kids, microbeads have been removed from toothpastes for this reason. Horrible for the environment. I am happy to read your post, educating on this problem.

  12. Tahnee

    I am massively aware of this problem and now use a honey and sugar based scrub. It’s cheaper as I have it in the house anyway and also it dissolves 😊😊😊 thanks for bringing some awareness to this problem xx

  13. Balt

    Hmm now i know, i will try the natural way next time 🙂

  14. Matt

    Sugar scrubs are awesome!! Great post about a very important topic. Yet again, big companies market their products and people are blind to the effect. I like to think whoever created them did it in ignorance and now feels a bit guilty. Really, in light of what we now know, and the availability of natural alternatives, they should really ban them.

  15. Jen

    I’ve used a homemade sugar scrub before and it’s a rest alternative 🙂 thanks for bringing to light an aspect of these scrubs we may not have thought of!

  16. Globejamun's

    Totally aware of the problem
    And love to use bath salts and sugars.
    Thanks for sharing and helping gain awareness

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