Table of Contents
- What are microbeads?
- Microbeads from toothpaste embedded in gums
- Microbeads in toothpaste - the current situation in the UK
- Beat the Microbead website
- Toothpastes that DO contain microplastics / microbeads
- Toothpastes that DON'T contain microplastics / microbeads
- Other resources for checking microbead content
What are microbeads?
Microbeads are tiny plastic particles, usually smaller than 2mm in size. For years they have been included in various industrial and consumer products, including cosmetic products like toothpaste, face scrubs and body scrubs.
The UK government will be passing legislation in October 2017 to ban the use of microbeads in cosmetic products, and the products are expected to be banned from sale from July 2018.
If you would like to know more about microbeads, The Story of Stuff has a good page on them with FAQs and an explainer video: