Exfoliating plastic beads feel good—unless you live in the ocean.

Commentary about business and finance.
June 16 2008 2:45 PM

Scrubbing Out Sea Life

Exfoliating plastic beads feel good—unless you live in the ocean.

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Not all exfoliants contain plastic. Many products are available that use salt, pumice, or ground up seeds to do the same job without the environmental cost—like Burt's Bees Deep Pore Scrub (finely ground peach stones) or St. Ives Apricot Scrub (apricot kernels). So why doesn't Olay? "I'm a firm believer that just because it's natural doesn't mean it's benign," Gooch says. That's undeniably true. It's also true that just because it's advertised using tranquil ocean imagery doesn't mean it's good for marine life.

Hillary Rosner is the co-author, with David Bach, of Go Green, Live Rich.