It’s scary to think about the number of chemicals and perfumes and preservatives are in some of the body and self-care products we use on a regular basis. But it’s pretty simple to find products that won’t pollute the lake if you know what to avoid.
Many self-care products contain exfoliating microbeads meant to slough off dead skin cells without damaging the skin. Exfoliating is a great way to reveal younger-looking glowy skin! But in many of these products, tiny pieces of plastic are the actual exfoliant – which pollute our waterways and poison the ecosystem within. So review your ingredients list for words like “microbeads” or micro-abrasives” and make sure your labeling describes what the exfoliant is: this is often walnut shells, salt or coffee grounds.
This is a simple change you can make in your home to keep Lake Erie clean and getting cleaner for all of your friends and neighbors who want to use the beaches as much as you do!