8 TRILLION plastic microbeads are flushed into U.S. waterways EVERYDAY. These non-biodegradable plastics are toxic to the water and animals who mistakenly consume them (which eventually end up our stomachs). These beads are too small to filter out, and only exist to serve as a mild abrasive. There are plenty of natural alternatives to microbeads such as sea salt, coffee, walnut shells, apricot shells, jojoba beans, rice, oatmeal, and clay + honey. This unnecessary pollutant will be phased out of the U.S. next July, so until then, let’s try to purchase toothpastes, facial scrubs, and body washes which do not contain these little pieces of plastic.