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Filed Under: antibacterial, environment, fda, microbeads, nanotechnology, soap, titanium dioxide, triclosan


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    Paraquat (profile), 12 Jun 2014 @ 6:29pm

    plastic beads in soap

    I didn't realize that plastic beads were being put in soap, but that is insane. Certainly, it should be banned worldwide. The supposed benefit of having the beads I would guess is to have them act as an exfoliant. I can't think of any other reason why you'd want it. But there are plenty of other substances that can do the job without screwing up the environment.

    For more than a century, there's been a soap on the market called "Lava" which contains pumice, or powdered volcanic rock:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lava_(soap)

    If you want something milder and don't mind rolling your own soap, this site lists all kinds of natural exfoliant materials, such as crushed almonds, coffee grounds, walnut shells, loofah, oatmeal, poppy seeds, jojoba beads, tapioca etc:

    http://candleandsoap.about.com/od/tipstricks/a/soapexfoliants.htm

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