Plastic Soup Foundation. Beat the micro bead. Do you already avoid disposable plastic bags? Then for the Better Bag Challenge and World Oceans Day, consider going to the next level – cut out microbeads! Microbeads are lurking in your face wash. Cleaning products with microbeads are used on a daily basis by millions of people. Products like facial cleansers, scrubs, and toothpaste often contain “microplastics,” tiny plastic beads are used for cleaning and scrubbing. One single bottle of product may contain more than 350,000 tiny beads. In some cases, the combined microbeads contain more plastic than the container they came in! The plastic container can be recycled, but the beads cannot.