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2014-06-19 11:18:02 AM
Plastic instead of pumice? Oh yuck, no thanks.
 
2014-06-19 11:35:16 AM
I had no idea this was even a thing.

It's getting to the point where I feel like I should just start mainlining PCBs and cut out the cancer middleman.
 
2014-06-19 12:07:23 PM
Oh god how am I going to properly exfoliate my nutsack now? This is a crisis!
 
2014-06-19 01:18:01 PM
"microbeads" -- tiny bits of plastic used in personal care products such as facial scrubs and toothpaste

Why the hell were these things in there in the first place?
 
2014-06-19 01:58:21 PM

miss diminutive: "microbeads" -- tiny bits of plastic used in personal care products such as facial scrubs and toothpaste

Why the hell were these things in there in the first place?


They rub dead skin off of your body.
 
2014-06-19 01:59:49 PM

miss diminutive: "microbeads" -- tiny bits of plastic used in personal care products such as facial scrubs and toothpaste

Why the hell were these things in there in the first place?


Because the earth wants plastic!  Didn't know how to make it, so it made humans.
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2014-06-19 02:00:32 PM

algrant33: They rub dead skin off of your body.


So do scrubs with natural pumice materials, like ground apricot pits.  I assume the plastic beads were cheaper, which is why they used them.
 
2014-06-19 02:01:44 PM
Look, libs, if I want to consume fish filled with microbeads and exfoliate my colon then that's my business.  What about my personal freedom to have a smooth and shiny colon?
 
2014-06-19 02:01:54 PM
Use something else.  Ground up apricot pits. Sand.
 
2014-06-19 02:03:47 PM
Anal beads for little people?
 
2014-06-19 02:03:58 PM
Why wouldn't I just use a washcloth? Why do I need my soap to provide the abrasion?
 
2014-06-19 02:05:15 PM

skozlaw: Why wouldn't I just use a washcloth? Why do I need my soap to provide the abrasion?


That's so 20th century.
 
2014-06-19 02:07:05 PM

Rapmaster2000: Look, libs, if I want to consume fish filled with microbeads and exfoliate my colon then that's my business.  What about my personal freedom to have a smooth and shiny colon?


Just use beads that are not so micro.
 
2014-06-19 02:08:59 PM
"But instead of resisting, leading companies quickly collaborated on a ban that was enacted by the state legislature this spring. "

My 2c: I reckon folks in the relevant industries did a little research and the results came up with a lot of very negative potential effects and aren't particularly keen on the EPA telling them that every waterway in the US is now a Superfund site they are responsible for.
 
2014-06-19 02:09:58 PM
Illinois - you may give us crap for our politics, but we get shiat done

/this time it seems to have been done without kneecapping, which is nice
 
2014-06-19 02:10:09 PM
That says a lot about how big of a deal plastic microbeads are. Industry executives can avoid living near fracking sites, for example, but they can't avoid eating every last species that may have ingested microbeads.
 
2014-06-19 02:11:32 PM

incendi: Oh god how am I going to properly exfoliate my nutsack now? This is a crisis!


Heeeeere kitty, kitty!

i.imgur.com

What?
 
2014-06-19 02:13:17 PM
If the companies are playing along it means that the microbeads weren't doing much to sell the product.
 
2014-06-19 02:14:23 PM

BigNumber12: That says a lot about how big of a deal plastic microbeads are. Industry executives can avoid living near fracking sites, for example, but they can't avoid eating every last species that may have ingested spending the money to put microbeads in their product, thus raising their bonuses.


FTFY
 
2014-06-19 02:14:53 PM

AeAe: Use something else.  Ground up apricot pits. Sand.


This. Hell they can use farking baking soda or food grade diatomaceous earth
 
2014-06-19 02:15:50 PM

miss diminutive: "microbeads" -- tiny bits of plastic used in personal care products such as facial scrubs and toothpaste

Why the hell were these things in there in the first place?


It's like a million farking diamonds!
 
2014-06-19 02:16:39 PM

algrant33: miss diminutive: "microbeads" -- tiny bits of plastic used in personal care products such as facial scrubs and toothpaste

Why the hell were these things in there in the first place?

They rub dead skin off of your body.


Pretty sure toothpaste has some abrasives in it and none made from plastic.

Other options: ground apricot pits, ground walnut shells, and ground corn cobs.
 
2014-06-19 02:20:35 PM
Illinazis won the battle
/Am I doing it right
 
2014-06-19 02:23:09 PM
You can't have exfoliation.
\Not yours
 
2014-06-19 02:24:12 PM
Actually, with the way Big Soap is saying, "Sure, not a problem," it sounds like microbeads were a stupid expensive fad that ate profits.  Pumice is probably cheaper.
 
2014-06-19 02:26:12 PM
Joke's on you subby, I use St Ives!
 
2014-06-19 02:29:57 PM
By what means will I now satisfy my needs to rub my entire body with an unpleasantly abrasive substance for no demonstrable benefit?
 
2014-06-19 02:32:29 PM
Don't worry, Fartbongo already siezed millions of acres of Pacific Ocean in the Garbage Patch.
 
2014-06-19 02:33:31 PM

cgraves67: If the companies are playing along it means that the microbeads weren't doing much to sell the product.


And the speed at which they came to this conclusion makes me believe they had other substitute ingredients already lined up due to previous knowledge of the problem.
 
2014-06-19 02:35:44 PM

ArcadianRefugee: Pretty sure toothpaste has some abrasives in it and none made from plastic.


Thank you sir, this is what I came for.  God I hope you're right.
 
2014-06-19 02:36:50 PM

ArcadianRefugee: algrant33: miss diminutive: "microbeads" -- tiny bits of plastic used in personal care products such as facial scrubs and toothpaste

Why the hell were these things in there in the first place?

They rub dead skin off of your body.

Pretty sure toothpaste has some abrasives in it and none made from plastic.


Aaaand you'd be wrong.
journeytotheplasticocean.files.wordpress.com
 
2014-06-19 02:37:42 PM
When I need to get rid of layers of skin fast, I'm partial to the bucket of yellow abrasive gloop that my husband keeps under the sink for when he's been working on the cars.
 
2014-06-19 02:39:39 PM
Microbeads from toothpaste embedded in gumline, as found by a dental hygienist:
www.dentalbuzz.com

http://www.dentalbuzz.com/2014/03/04/crest-imbeds-plastic-in-our-gum s/
 
2014-06-19 02:40:21 PM
ThanksalotFartbongo
 
2014-06-19 02:42:45 PM

algrant33: ArcadianRefugee: algrant33: miss diminutive: "microbeads" -- tiny bits of plastic used in personal care products such as facial scrubs and toothpaste

Why the hell were these things in there in the first place?

They rub dead skin off of your body.

Pretty sure toothpaste has some abrasives in it and none made from plastic.

Aaaand you'd be wrong.
[journeytotheplasticocean.files.wordpress.com image 850x602]


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I can assure you that plastic beads were not part of the original formula.
 
2014-06-19 02:44:12 PM
 
2014-06-19 02:45:20 PM
Ah, I remember in the "Old days", we'd use Fullers earth. Fullers earth was made primarily of very small, tiny glass beads. We'd mix them with putty, use them to make fillets for models scale airplanes. Haven't used that in over 20 years. They use that a lot foe special effects in films, say the desert sequences in "Dune". Good stuff. Just don't breathe it.
 I've got a 1/3rd scale P-40 Warhawk in my garage I used it on. Pane is as big as my full sized pickup. Acratch built.
 
2014-06-19 02:46:33 PM
A low-stress compromise? In Amurca? THIS IS AN OUTRAGE!
 
2014-06-19 02:49:26 PM
Microbeads? People use those?  When I need to exfoliate, I use one of those green 3M scrub pads, and follow it up with some 220 grit sandpaper.
 
2014-06-19 02:55:02 PM

Bonobo62: Microbeads? People use those?  When I need to exfoliate, I use one of those green 3M scrub pads, and follow it up with some 220 grit sandpaper.


If you get a random-orbit sander and some 1200 grit after that you can make your skin GLOW! Personally, I start with steel wool; it's probably why I have such thin skin, but it's worth it.
 
2014-06-19 02:56:35 PM

algrant33: Microbeads from toothpaste embedded in gumline, as found by a dental hygienist:
[www.dentalbuzz.com image 540x195]

http://www.dentalbuzz.com/2014/03/04/crest-imbeds-plastic-in-our-gum s/


So?  As long as it prevents cavities... what are you going to do, choke on them?  This is assuming they just flow through the digestive system and you poop them out.  What they are doing to the environment on the other hand...
 
2014-06-19 02:58:38 PM
If you buy products with plastic "microbeads" in them to wash yourself, you deserve to be beaten profusely about the head and shoulders.
 
2014-06-19 03:00:41 PM

Ex-Texan: Ah, I remember in the "Old days", we'd use Fullers earth. Fullers earth was made primarily of very small, tiny glass beads. We'd mix them with putty, use them to make fillets for models scale airplanes. Haven't used that in over 20 years. They use that a lot foe special effects in films, say the desert sequences in "Dune". Good stuff. Just don't breathe it.
 I've got a 1/3rd scale P-40 Warhawk in my garage I used it on. Pane is as big as my full sized pickup. Acratch built.


Micro beads, or balloons, I use the stuff from SIG myself.

No one builds anymore....
 
2014-06-19 03:00:44 PM

ecmoRandomNumbers: If you buy products with plastic "microbeads" in them to wash yourself, you deserve to be beaten profusely about the head and shoulders.


Hey now, don't bring my Head and Shoulders into this, I get dandruff.
 
2014-06-19 03:04:19 PM
I'm peeling from a sunburn right now, so this thread is relevant to my interests.
 
2014-06-19 03:06:50 PM
My 2 cents bet:  Microbeads were causing acne problems because they were small enough to lodge in pores, the plastic making them stick, and the body can't break them down and remove them like natural acne causers like dead skin. The manufacturers could have been getting reports of adult acne onset after usage, when the person wasn't prone to adult acne previously, where the acne just wouldn't go away and when dealt with there was a tiny plastic ball at the root.

If the industry agreed this fast, they've probably undertaken some private studies that show some kind of problem they could eventually get sued for directly, like personal injury, and this is a convenient, PR friendly way to take action on the issue. I'm not so certain fear of environmental lawsuits would do it, since I'm not sure they're necessarily a type of polluter subject to the Clean Water Act.  That might be one they'd be willing to fight over in court for a few years.

Care about clean water?  Maybe from a high level, but not if it affects their bottom line when they aren't necessarily legally responsible for the damage.

Have no will to fight state proposed legislative bans?  Hardly, companies do this all the time.

Care about ruining their reputation if sued in a class action for their product doing something completely contrary to its stated goal of cleaning skin, and having their brands made a public laughingstock?  More likely. That kind of thing lasts a long time in the public conscious, unlike companies' pollution stances or lobbying fights.

That, or natural sources are so significantly cheaper than plastic this is a good, PR friendly way to make the switch and not piss off customer bases while enhancing bottom line.  Look customer, we know you liked microbeads, but this is better for the environment, yay!

/No inside information, just me spitballing guesses
//Yes, somewhat based on a CSB, but my dermatologist told me she'd seen a significant increase in adult acne over the last few years she couldn't explain.
 
2014-06-19 03:08:12 PM

Buttknuckle: algrant33: Microbeads from toothpaste embedded in gumline, as found by a dental hygienist:
[www.dentalbuzz.com image 540x195]

http://www.dentalbuzz.com/2014/03/04/crest-imbeds-plastic-in-our-gum s/

So?  As long as it prevents cavities... what are you going to do, choke on them?  This is assuming they just flow through the digestive system and you poop them out.  What they are doing to the environment on the other hand...


"So" nothing.  Some guy was like "well at least they ain't in toothpaste".  I had to fark up his day.
 
2014-06-19 03:08:13 PM

Dinjiin: algrant33: They rub dead skin off of your body.

So do scrubs with natural pumice materials, like ground apricot pits.  I assume the plastic beads were cheaper, which is why they used them.


"Natural pumice materials"?!?

Pumice is a volcanic rock, not a type of material.
 
2014-06-19 03:10:23 PM
These microbleeds?

img.fark.net
 
2014-06-19 03:11:17 PM

CheekyMonkey: Dinjiin: algrant33: They rub dead skin off of your body.

So do scrubs with natural pumice materials, like ground apricot pits.  I assume the plastic beads were cheaper, which is why they used them.

"Natural pumice materials"?!?

Pumice is a volcanic rock, not a type of material.


The fark are you talking about?  Rock is a type of material.  What the hell do you think material is?
 
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