In my forthcoming novel, "Confessions of an Environmentalist" one chapter will be dedicated to micro beads. I'm kidding about the book, but I will confess that part of me was sad to learn that I was going to have to boycott any soap or scrub that contained micro beads. I like(d) the scrub they gave me that left my skin feeling smooth and clean.
But now I know, IT'S GOING TO BE OK. I've found "sugar scrubs". I made my own in all of 5 minutes. 1/2 cup of sugar, 1/2 cup of olive oil, some lavender extract and TA-DA, I've got my own scrub that moisturizes to boot. I'm a happy (and smooth skinned) camper.
The web is teaming with variations of the recipe. Make it in smaller quantities as it's oil based and won't last forever. For the shower, consider putting it in a stainless steel or yes, even plastic container to avoid any breakage.
Make some for your non enviro friends and wean them off the beads. Be green.
I realize I don't blog that often these days, but I'm often on Twitter at DC_Recycler. I hope to see you there!