Update (added 11/8):
A reader asked “Question – can I use your letter when I write with a few changes? It’s so well-worded and well-thought-out and expresses my own sentiments so well….”
My answer…YES! Please feel free to use the letter I have written as a jumping off point to send Mary Kay and other manufacturers your demands! Once you have, tell all your friends and encourage them to do the same!
After learning all about polyethylene beads (micro-beads) and the problems they pose for the planet, I was curious to see if any where lurking around in my home.
Here is what I found:
Mary Kay Peach Satin Hands Satin Smoothie Hand Scrub (no joke, that is the full name). What does it contain?
Polyethylene Beads! Even listed as a key ingredient on their website (LINK)
Here is what I am doing:
Writing a message to David Holl (Mary Kay President and CEO) where I will…
- Inform the corporation of the harm caused by the polyethylene beads found in their products.
- State my intent to discontinue the use of any products containing polyethylene beads.
- State my intention to boycott all products made by Mary Kay until they commit to discontinuing the use of polyethylene beads in their products.
- State my intention to spread the word about the harmful ingredients used in Mary Kay products.
- Encourage Mary Kay to search for healthier, more responsible alternatives.
Encouraging friends and family to do the same.
What I Wrote:
Dear David Holl,
In 2012 researchers studying the Great Lakes found 450,000 bits of the micro-trash per square kilometer. Among the bits, they found polyethylene beads, also known as micro-beads!
Micro-beads are designed not to clog plumbing; because of this, they easily make their way past filtration systems. Micro-beads pollute ocean gyres, bays, gulfs, seas, and lakes worldwide.
This is a problem.
Micro-plastics are pervasive in the marine environment. They absorb pollutants, are eaten by marine life which then are contaminated by the pollutants, and enter the food chain of many species, including ours.
Perhaps you are unaware that Mary Kay products contain polyethylene beads. I was also unaware of this until I read the ingredient list of my Peach Satin Hands Satin Smoothie Hand Scrub. Now that I know, I plan on taking the following actions:
1. Discontinue the use of any products containing polyethylene beads.
2. Boycott all products made by Mary Kay until a commitment to discontinue the use of polyethylene beads is made.
3. Spread the word and encourage others to boycott Mary Kay products until polyethylene beads are no longer used.
Please find healthier, more responsible alternatives; consider nut shells and cocoa beans.
Thank you for your time and I trust you will do the right thing.
The message above worked fine for the UK and Canada, but the United States “Contact Us” page only allows 500 characters. Here is my condensed message to Mary Kay United States.
Dear David Holl,
I wish I could share my full message with you, but unfortunately I am only allotted 500 characters.
Mary Kay uses polyethylene beads in their products. These micro-beads are harming the marine environment. Until Mary Kay commits to discontinuing the use of polyethylene, I will be boycotting all products your corporation manufactures. I also plan on encouraging others to do the same.
Please consider alternatives such as nut shells and cocoa beans.
Mary Kay United States: http://www.marykay.com/en-US/_layouts/MaryKayCore/ContactMK.aspx
Mary Kay Canada: http://www.marykay.ca/company/contact/default.aspx
Mary Kay United Kingdom: http://www.marykay.co.uk/page/contact_us
Mary Kay can do better! I have many friends and family who use and love Mary Kay, even some who sell it! I do not believe this is enough reason to turn a blind eye. If you love something shouldn’t you encourage it to be the best it can be? And if you love clean water, shouldn’t you protect it?
Still have questions about polyethylene? No worries! Keep digging, keep asking question! Here is a clear explanation of the problem: http://5gyres.org/media/5_Gyres_Position_Paper_on_Microplastics.pdf
Let’s work together to demand better, safer products! Use the links above and let Mary Kay know that you love clean water and won’t be buying any products that might compromise the health of the marine environment.