If you don’t know what microbeads are, your life is about to change. Not only am I going to tell you what they are, but I’m going to explain why they’re awful and horrifying.

If you do know what they are, you better get used to not having them anymore, because Connecticut is outright banning the little suckers.

As it turns out, microbeads are the little things that hygiene companies put in your face wash, your soap, and even your toothpaste to give it that “granular” look and feel so that you think your hygiene products are working extra hard to clean and exfoliate. In reality, they’re probably not making that much of a difference, but they are hurting you and the world around you.

According to a report from WFSB, Connecticut is banning the sale and manufacture of products that have microbeads after it was discovered that our state puts an estimated three tons of microbeads into the water system each year. That’s microbeads in rivers, streams, and all the way to the Long Island sound where they serve as not only pollutants, but also a disgusting thing to find in your fish.

Of course, your instinctual response might be, “Well, I’m not a fish. I don’t really eat fish. Who cares about fish?” That’s fair. Initially, that was my feeling on the matter, too. But then I saw this:

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That image, courtesy of the Dental Buzz blog found via this helpful Reddit thread, is a picture of a microbead that got itself embedded underneath someone’s gums. That means it is in their gums and it ain’t coming out. Fish fan or not, that’s gross and I want nothing to do with it.

Down with microbeads. Ban them forever and kill them with fire.

 

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