What Are Microplastics & Where Are They Found?

Nurture a healthier you by making informed decisions about your everyday purchases. Start your shopping detox by limiting your exposure to plastic particles known as microplastics. There are microplastics in cosmetics, clothing, even our foods. As glamorous as you may be, you are not a Barbie Girl in a Barbie World, and life in plastic is not fantastic. Learn why microplastics are so dangerous and how to detox your body from them!



Magnify Microplastics

Start your detox journey with a clear understanding of what you're detoxing from. Get to know these plastic particles so that you can avoid microplastics better!

True to its name, microplastics are any plastic particles that are less than five millimeters (0.2 inches) in diameter [1]. However, they can be much tinier... the smallest reported microplastic in the ocean was 1.6 micrometers. That means about 600 of them could fit into the period at the end of this sentence. \

’Microbeads’ which are often added to beauty and cleaning products, are microplastics that consist of a hydrogen and carbon atom bound by a polymer chain. 

Chain together a healthy routine, not a bunch of polymers. Synthetic polymers are usually petroleum-based, which can carry impurities. 

Purify your daily routine by avoiding these polymers [2]:

  • Polyethylene (PE) - used in bags and squeeze bottles

  • Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) - used to make industrial materials, sleeping bags, and outdoor clothing

  • Polypropylene (PP) - used to make carpet fibers

  • Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) - used to make vinyl flooring, drain pipes, and clear food wrap

  • Polystyrene (PS) - used to make styrofoam and plastic cutlery

  • Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) - used to make Teflon, nonstick cookware

  • Polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) - used to make paints and glass replacements

  • Polyacrylonitrile (PAN) - used to make clothing 

  • Polyvinyl acetate (PVA) - used to make adhesives in glue, tape, and even chewing gum

  • Polyamides - used to make nylon

  • Polyesters - used to make clothing, recording tape, and fiberglass

  • Phenol-formaldehyde (PF) - used to make electrical devices

  • Some silicones/rubbers 

  • Polyurethanes - used to make foams, fibers


Additionally, many of these microplastics contain BPA, phthalates, parabens, and other hormone-disrupting chemicals. Eliminate your use of microplastics by learning which products are causing these exposures. Perform a body toxicity test with Million Marker's Detect & Detox Test Kit.

Receive a personalized report about your toxic exposures. Determine which of your everyday products could be causing plastic poisoning. Then, detox your body with actionable lifestyle suggestions!


Microplastic, Major Problem

Small problems can cause large consequences. In 2016, microplastics contributed to 11% of ocean pollution [3]. These numbers are rising with the tides. 

These numbers are alarming because scientists are finding plastic in the fish we eat. Swim away from microplastics. They can be hazardous to your health!

Limit your exposure to microplastics to reduce the risk of:

  • Type 2 diabetes [4]

  • Cancer [5]

  • Obesity [6] 

  • Infertility [7]

  • Skin problems [8]

  • And more!


Chip Away at Plastic Pollution

Reclaim your independence from plastic. Save your health and the planet by limiting your use of microplastics. 

Increased use of microplastics has created a new to differentiate types of microplastics:

  • Primary microplastics - used to make packaging and everyday products

  • Secondary microplastics - leftover pieces after plastic gets destroyed, heated, or breaks down with time

Manage primary and secondary microplastic waste by starting at the top. Without primary microplastics, secondary microplastics wouldn't exist.

Reduce the presence of secondary microplastics. Avoid primary microplastics in clothing, personal care items, foods, and other products.

Take small steps today. Make greater strides for a healthier tomorrow!


Micromanage Microplastics

Ever see something and then can't unsee it? Keep an eye out for these nanoplastics. Learn where microplastics are found. Then, make the necessary changes to limit your exposure to them.

Be aware of microplastics in:


Macro Differences with Less Microplastic

Live life free of microplastic toxicity. Inspire manufacturers to limit the use of microplastics in makeup, clothing, and everyday products. Foster that change by making informed decisions with your dollars. 

Shop Million Marker Approved Products to limit your exposure to microplastics. Get tested with Milion Marker's Detect & Detox Test Kit. Transform your daily routine with one small change per day. Notice the difference it makes in your life...and the world. 



[1] https://www.nationalgeographic.org/encyclopedia/microplastics/ 

[2] https://www.sciencehistory.org/science-of-plastics   

[3] https://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/articles/2021/03/30/microplastics-are-a-big-and-growing-part-of-global-pollution  

[4] https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/29291571  

[5] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/labs/pmc/articles/PMC4291052/  

[6] https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/chemicals-in-everyday-plastic-items-may-lead-to-weight-gain 

[7] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/labs/pmc/articles/PMC7967748/ 

[8] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/labs/pmc/articles/PMC3222987/