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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!

What’s New

Version 2.5.1

We fixed a bug so the search results of the Danish region are also visible.

Ratings and Reviews

SebastianDragon ,


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.

Schoffend ,

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.

Somniferous1 ,

Wish it worked

I want an app that names the products with microbeads, tells me what products to avoid and lets me know what products are the best to purchase. OK the danger would be that companies would buy the ban the micro bead movement and use it to further contaminate the water on the planet…but how else will we know what to do?
This app does none of the above. Even the scanner no longer works. (not that it worked before, but at least you got the impression of scanning). Educate me. What is the point of this app?


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


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