Thursday, February 9, 2012


What?  You've never heard of nurdles?  Well, to be honest, I hadn't either until I read EcoYogini's post on The Green Phone Booth.  To give you a visual, here's an example of what some nurdles look like:
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Liquid hand soaps and body washes contain extremely tiny nurdles, the "micro beads" you read about or hear about in the advertisements.  These nurdles are the means by which these liquids exfoliate our skin.  However, these bead don't dissolve.  Instead they go down our drains, into our sewer systems, sometimes into our water treatment facilities (where they remain intact), and ultimately end up in our oceans where fish and other sea creatures ingest them and die due to intestinal and other blockages.  

If you're a liquid hand soap or body wash user, I suggest switching to bar soap and/or creating your own liquid soaps and body washes using all natural ingredients.  I recently blogged about making my own liquid hand soap.  Go here for the recipe.


Shona~ LALA dex press said...

I do love my Dr. Bronner's, no nurdles.

Cherie said...

I'm a fan of the doctor, as well.

Deanna said...

I first heard of them from the same source. I haven't done any further research but do all liquid shower gels contain these?

Cherie said...

Deanna, I'm not sure. But I assume if it's a conventional gel and it says it exfoliates, then it does.

Deanna said...

The one I love is Neutragena Rainbath. It doesn't exfoliate and is a clear amber color so I would guess it doesn't have nurdles. On the other hand, it's highly scented - which is what I love about it - so I'm sure there are plenty of other reasons not to use it. The thing is, I have this almost emotional attachment to it. The hotel we stayed in on our honeymoon in New Orleans provided this in the bathroom. Every time I shower with it, I'm instantly transported to a special time and place. Yeah, I'm weird like that. ;)