How to Get Rid of Water Beads in Eco Friendly Way

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Once water beads have been used for sensory play, reusing and drying them back up is easy. Just ensure they stay out of direct sunlight as prolonged exposure will damage their internal polymer structures and render them nonfunctional.

Addition of water beads to garden soil can be an eco-friendly solution for disposing of them, as the beads will decompose slowly into part of the soil itself.

1. Drying

Water beads (commonly referred to as “squishy jello”) are non-toxic colorful gel balls made of water, acrylic acid and sodium hydroxide that make a delightful sensory play activity for kids and toddlers. Made of slippery, soft and bouncy balls made of acrylic acid and sodium hydroxide they’re loved by both children and toddlers alike!

Water beads can be harmless toys when handled and used properly; however, their misuse can become hazardous if children and adults don’t know how to dispose of them correctly. Unfortunately, many children have eaten water beads accidentally in the past, leading them to choke on or become poisoned from them – this has even resulted in deaths being blamed on these toys; so as a result parents are calling for stronger warning labels and even banning of water beads altogether.

Parents are sharing their experiences on TikTok and in Facebook groups to increase awareness about the hazards and dangers posed by water beads, while calling for better labeling and warnings on these toys as well as meeting with CPSC to seek more comprehensive warnings for them.

Though Orbeez are designed for children, they can be used for other purposes besides toys such as plant soil additive or decoration. By mixing Orbeez into garden soil they help retain moisture and prevent plants from drying out too quickly – lasting 3-6 months in most environments before degrading away over time.

2. Composting

Water beads or Orbeez have quickly become one of the hottest toys among kids, delighting kids with their colorful, squishy appeal and watching them expand when soaked with water. Superabsorbent polymers used by florists for floral arrangements also use Orbeez; however there have been concerns raised regarding their environmental impact as they do not biodegrade and could release toxic acrylamides into the environment when broken down which may harm wildlife that ingest them.

Orbeez are best disposed of through composting. Composting is an organic way of disintegrating organic waste into humus-like material by utilising microorganisms such as fungi, bacteria and actinomycetes; water beads can be added along with materials like manure, kitchen scraps, grass clippings, coffee grounds and newspaper in your compost pile to further increase quality soil amendment and support plant health.

One key thing to keep in mind when using Orbeez is not flushing them down the toilet or down drains, as this could create plumbing blockages and cause major disruptions. Furthermore, Orbeez could contaminate natural bodies of water as well as become food for wildlife that mistake it as food source.

3. Trash

Proper waste disposal is key to creating and maintaining a healthy environment. By decreasing landfill usage and pollution levels, proper waste disposal helps preserve a healthier ecosystem. Ecological waste management methods are increasingly being implemented around the globe – using natural processes such as composting to dispose of waste without harming surrounding environments.

Water beads, more commonly known by their tradename Orbeez, are colorful gel balls used for sensory play and decoration. Constructed out of water-absorbing polymer, acrylic acid, sodium hydroxide and various natural color pigments, these eco-friendly and non-toxic beads can be reused over and over for multiple tasks including themed sensory bins creation, kiddie pool filler up or home decor use.

These beads are comprised of superabsorbent polymers that can quickly soak up large volumes of water. Their super-absorption capability makes them great for decorating vases or adding centerpiece accents at events, while they can even serve as stress balls or accents within clear lamp bases for an additional splash of color. Although water beads serve many uses, it’s essential that their proper disposal be observed to safeguard our planet.

Avoid placing them into bodies of water as aquatic animals could mistake them for food and become confused when trying to digest the debris. Flushing them down the drain may expand and clog your pipes; instead, compost bins offer an ideal place for this kind of waste material as it provides moisture while breaking down naturally over time.

4. Shrinking

Water beads are small non-edible polymer balls used for decorative and floral arrangement purposes. Filled with water for easy cleaning purposes, once they’ve served their purpose it’s important that they’re disposed of appropriately as this will ensure they don’t pollute the environment or pose any potential choking hazards for children.

While many believe they can safely flush water beads down the toilet, this is not recommended as this will cause the beads to expand and potentially clog your pipes. Instead, allow them to dry out and shrink before disposing them off in your garbage can.

Ashley Haugen learned first-hand just how dangerous water beads could be in 2017, when her daughter Kipley accidentally swallowed several. Soon afterwards, Kipley started experiencing symptoms like mouth rashes and other complications; as a result she was taken to the hospital where exploratory surgery was performed to discover that Kipley had consumed her older sister’s gift of water beads – Kipley had inhaled them all as part of an act of revenge!

Lily may not have known it at the time, but her mom was very proud of her for not contributing to landfill leachate by throwing wet trash into her trash can. Lily’s trash also smelled significantly less offensive and her mother was happy that Lily wasn’t contributing to creating toxic liquids in landfills.