When Emily Lallouz from Burbank, California went to the dentist for a standard root canal procedure she wasn’t so excited. The events that followed incited her to post this angry message on Facebook.
Before Emily went inside the operating room her dentist asked her if she had used a specific brand of toothpaste. Confused, Emily replied positively and was perplexed when the dentist showed her what she found just under her gums between the teeth. A small blue bead. The micro plastic had lodged between the teeth and if the dentist hadn’t noticed it would have caused an inflammation.
Many exfoliating cosmetic products contain polyethylene. After the discovery Emily was stunned to find out that there had been many other cases where these micro plastic balls cause serious problems. These micro plastic balls aren’t just dangerous for human health, when they end up in the drains the non-biodegradable plastic can find its way into the ocean since the filters aren’t designed to stop such micro pieces. Fish and other sea animals can ingest them and eventually end up on our table again. We’re sure no one like the taste of plastic in fish.
In October this year, Germany prohibited the sale of toothpaste with micro plastic for the first time. The public was advised to report if they find any such product on the market by the “Association for Environment and Nature Conservation Germany” (BUND). A special address was opened www.bund.net/mikroplastik where people could send pictures of products which contain polyethylene (PE).
Many cosmetic items can have this harmful ingredient. Preserve your environment and your health and steer clear of products such as lotions, peelings etc. with the following contents:
From page 3 in this article you can see a list of products from Germany which still have polyethylene even though it was prohibited. Be careful and look for any product that you use on a daily basis. Keep in mind how dangerous they can be and decide if you’re going to continue using it or switch to a safer alternative.
The best option is always to use natural homemade products. You could fail a couple of times until you find the perfect match for you but you will be stunned to see how good they can work. A good example is a face-peeling from the “Isana Young” brand, which contains olive pips as an exfoliator and costs just a 1,50 Euros. With your own research, you can find the right product.
After the discovery, Emily makes her own toothpaste based on baking soda and coconut oil. What’s shocking was that she did not really have to use that kind of toothpaste. The blue beads inside were mere decorations. This is a simple case of dangerous consumer scam.
Share this article with everyone you know so people can be aware of this harmful ingredient!