More and more cosmetics contain microbeads, tiny plastic beads. These microplastics are a hazard to our environment.
It can be hard to determine if a product contains these microbeads. The North Sea Foundation (Stichting de Noordzee) and the Plastic Soup Foundation have developed an app to easily check if a product contains microbeads.
With this app you can check if a product contains microbeads by just scanning the barcode with your smartphone camera.
This new version of the app recognizes many more products and has localised product listings. New countries are continuously added, so chances are that your country is included or will be included soon. Beat the Microbead is now a truly worldwide campaign!
We fixed a bug so the search results of the Danish region are also visible.
Ratings and Reviews
I created a website called the AAEPS 5 years ago. I learned about micro beads and the harm they cause to they environment. I got this app right away and now I use it on a regular basis.
BEAT THE BEAD!
Needs more data
Great concept, but without much in the database it's a useless tool. Take a lesson from ewg and beef up your database! I was able to find some basic products listed in other microbeads articles which should have easily been listed here. I was able to take photos and upload suggestions. You're going to lose steam fast if you don't make this a viable source for consumer decisions. Lost opportunity.
Great idea, but deeply flawed
This is a great idea. The app itself is a great idea. But it does not work as intended. I scanned several items and the product shows up as unknown. Ok that's fine. I mean, there's a ton of products out there. So I do the next best thing. Take front and back pic to submit product to add to the database and with the option to add if it has micro beads in it. Can't upload it either. Constant error message. So scanning is out because nothing is known. And I can't add it to data base. Honestly, the only thing I found this app useful for is being able to look at the ingredients it says to watch out for.
- Stichting Plastic Soup Foundation
- 6.6 MB
- Health & Fitness
Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
English, Danish, Dutch, Portuguese, Spanish
- Age Rating
- Rated 4+
- © 2015 Plastic Soup Foundation
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.