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Sunday, June 13, 2010

Week 1 "Growing Greener Challenge": Eliminating Microbeads

For those of you who might like to hear one practical, easy, but important idea for re-thinking plastic use in your home:

Take a look at this article and consider eliminating any products you use that might contain plastic microbeads. These microbeads are so tiny they are even worse for our world than those durn nurdles--the microbeads are ingested by creatures so small that they work their way up the whole food chain. And to make matters more directly harmful to humans, the microbeads even manage to get through municipal water treatment systems--ending up in tap water.

Scary, no?

The good news is that there are plenty of more natural products that can be used instead--this article lists some, and gives resources for further investigation. And if you choose to up the Greenness and try an alternative that comes without a plastic container, you still have options! For example, baking soda is awesome for scouring when cleaning. And you can buy all kinds of beautiful, natural exfoliating facial soap bars online if you can't find them locally.

Anyone up for the challenge? Please post a comment to let us know what products you are using or plan to use instead of microbeads, to encourage others. : )

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