I am not sure if the beads in the cleanser are biodegradable or not. I haven't been able to locate that information online. I can ask my director (I am a Mary Kay consultant). However, they do have a "Pink Doing Green" campaign in which they are striving to be environmentally friendly (and keep making environmentally friendly changes) with recyclable and biodegradable materials, lessened energy use, as well as tree planting campaigns. They have been recognized by the EPA and other health agencies. If the beads are not biodegradable, they will definitely reformulate the beads since it's one of their main (if not the #1 seller).