microbeads affect ocean life
microbeads affect ocean life

Microbeads. What are they are and you should avoid them.

I recently read an article by Greenpeace about why we should ban microbeads, which inspired to write blog about something which affects all of us, and yet so few people know about.

What are microbeads?

Microbeads are manufactured solid plastic particles of less than five millimetres in their largest dimension. They are most frequently made of polyethylene but can be of other petrochemical plastics such as polypropylene and polystyrene. They are used in exfoliating personal care products, toothpastes and in biomedical and health-science research.*

So what? How does that affect me?

Well, if you use an exfoliating face scrub, certain brands of toothpaste, soap … they all contain it and to put it bluntly we are polluting our planet on a massive scale with them.

If you think about it, all these millions of plastic particles are being washed down the sink in millions of households every day. And where do they end up? The oceans, seas and rivers of the world.

With over 8 million tonnes of plastic entering the oceans every year, Microbeads are causing havoc to marine and wild life. Whilst other plastics such as plastic bags end up in the stomachs of seabirds, whales, turtles and other marine life, Microbeads are particularly annoying, because they’re so small they are unable to be filtered by our sewage systems.

Read the full Greenpeace article on What are microbeads and why should we ban them? to learn more.

Ocean plastic does not disappear by itself, so for every bit that ends up in the sea, it means more cleaning up. And did you realise the if fish digest these Microbeads and you eat the fish then you will unwittingly be eating them too.

Who’s campaigning and taking action?

Ethical campaigners (such as Greenpeace) and beauty experts all over the world are now calling for the banning of these tiny pieces of plastic and putting pressure on major brands to remove  microbeads from their products, and I would encourage you to support the campaign by purchasing products which do not include them.

Countries such as Canada and America are banning them. Companies like Asda, Avon, the Bodyshop, L’Oreal and Boots are pledging not to use them on their own brand products.

I am so pleased they have never been used in Nuskin products.

The UK government is to introduce a ban of Microbeads from all cosmetics by the end of 2017. They will be banned from sale in the UK from the end of 2017

How can I find out if products you use include Microbeads and limit your use of them? If you search on line you can find a list of companies who are pledging not to use Microbeads.

Let’s look after our planet for our children and grandchildren

*Source: Wikipedia


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