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Personal Care Manufacturer Unilever to Remove Environment-damaging Plastic Beads from Products

January 14, 2013

Beauty giant Unilever, which makes the Dove, Pond's and Vaseline brands, has announced that it will discontinue the use of micro-plastic exfoliating beads in its products.

The tiny scrub bits are popular in liquid hand soap and body wash formulas, but have become a major cause of marine debris. Studies show the plastic material doesn't entirely break down after it goes through the drain, and the pieces can also absorb chemicals during the disposal process that may then contaminate marine wildlife species and habitats.

A spokesperson said the polyethylene beads will be replaced by an alternative yet-to-be-determined material.

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