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Exfoliating Soaps and Body Washes May Be Banned Worldwide!

Exfoliating soaps may be great for your skin, but they’re bad news for the environment!

Do you exfoliate every day? Ads for exfoliating body scrubs and washes say that you need to exfoliate at least once a week to get that glowing, silky smooth complexion. But did you know that this weekly beauty regimen may be bad for the environment?

Most exfoliating soaps contain microbeads, which are tiny pieces of plastic that exfoliate the skin. Yes, they’re made of plastic, and no, they don’t dissolve in water, and worse, they don’t get filtered out by water treatment plants. Just imagine how many tiny exfoliating beads make it to the water stream if a huge number of people exfoliate twice a week!

In 2015, the US already passed a bill that will ban hygiene products like toothpaste, body washes, and soaps that contain microbeads. This calls for a phasing out of these beads starting on July 1st 2017. The British Parliament, however, has a more drastic solution – they’re calling for a worldwide ban!

“Trillions of tiny pieces of plastic are accumulating in the world’s oceans, lakes and estuaries, harming marine life and entering the food chain. A single shower can result in 100,000 plastic particles entering the ocean,” according to Committee Chair Mary Creagh.

Johnson & Johnson, Unilever, and Procter & Gamble have already made pledges to phase out these microbeads from their products, regardless of where they’re sold.

And if you’re wondering which products you use have microbeads in them, here’s a helpful list compiled by the International Campaign Against Microbeads. These products will be banned from the US starting in 2017.

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So now that these microbeads will be phased out, what should you use to exfoliate? Instead of opting for these common products, you can always make your own. Organic material like sugar, salt, and oatmeal have exfoliating properties, and adding them to your regular body and face washes gives you the same exfoliating power without harming the environment!

Source: Business Insider

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This Japanese Girl Is Dubbed As The Hottest Taxi Driver In The World

With her as the driver, I definitely wouldn’t mind getting stuck in traffic.

Getting stuck in traffic is never a fun thing. In fact I hate it very much. It sucks how I sometimes leave home early just to make it to my appointments but bad traffic almost always never fails to make me late.

But I’ll be honest with you, I wouldn’t actually mind getting stuck in a gridlock if my taxi driver is as beautiful as this girl.

Netizens are currently calling Ikuta Kana, 24, as the "hottest taxi driver."

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24-year-old Ikuta Kana of Japan recently made a lot of online buzz when people heard about her story. This gorgeous girl who works as a part-time model also earns her living by driving a cab. ...

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Artist Submerges Dress in the Dead Sea to Create a Fantastical Ice Fairy Gown

Who knew too much salt could create a magical piece of art?

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Israeli artist Sigalit Landay had a vision. Though raised in London and Philadelphia, the Jerusalem-born Sigalit felt a strong connection to her homeland. So she decided to do something about it via the most famous body of water bordering Israel:

The Dead Sea.

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Landay took inspiration from Russian author, S. Ansky’s 1916 play “Dybbuk” which tells the story of a Hassidic woman possessed by the spirit of her dead lover.

Using a traditional Hassidic gown to take the place of the heroine in the play, Landay immersed a gown in the Dead Sea for two months to achieve extraordinary results....

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Yes, There is Such a Thing as Competitive Vaping – and it’s Called Cloud Chasing.

Holy smokes! Vaping has a competitive sport!

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Electronic cigarettes have been slowly gaining popularity as an alternative to cigarettes and tobacco. Many of its users are smokers, while others are completely new to the smoking scene. And with its growing popularity also came the birth of a new competitive sport - cloud chasing.

In cloud chasing, or just commonly called competitive vaping, participants use their vapes or e-cigarettes to create large clouds of vapor. But sometimes just blowing the big ones isn't enough - you gotta make tricks too. And if you think these competitions are just small-time contests, then think again! When vapers participate in cloud chasing, they mean serious business. The Vape Capitol Championships alone had 28 stops and 3 conventions! And that's not even the finals!

Watch how these vapers take cloud chasing seriously:
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