(CNN) - They are great at getting your skin squeaky clean, but those micro beads in exfoliating soaps are potentially bad for the environment.

That's why one major company wants to stop using them.

Unilever, the company that makes Dove soaps, Vaseline, Pond's skin cream and other personal care products, wants to remove micro beads from its products by 2015.

The tiny beads are made out of plastic, and the problem is they go down the drain and can end up in the ocean, where they can be swallowed by marine life.

More research is needed to determine if they are harmful to humans.

The company says its looking for an alternative to the plastic micro beads.

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