Today’s post will be a little bit different than my normal ones. I have decided that today will write about something that I think everybody should know about: the dangers of microbeads. If you have never heard of them, microbeads are little tiny particles of plastic that gets used in a range of beauty products like facial scrubs and toothpastes. You may think that they are too small to ever cause harm to anyone or anything but you are wrong. When you use the facial scrub, you wash it off don’t you? Yes. It then after a while ends up in the sea, yes? When these tiny little microbeads are floating around in the sea, ocean life tend to try and eat them and digest them. One microbead will probably not do much damage but if you think of the millions of people who use facial scrubs in their lifetime, you can probably imagine the amount of microbeads that are consumed by fish or baby turtles daily. Marine species can’t distinguish between food and microplastics so many are found with life threatening amounts in their stomachs and it was recorded that 663 species of marine wildlife were negatively affected by plastic pollution last year alone.
The good thing is, there are more and more people that are becoming aware of this that are starting to swap their beauty favourites to something that doesn’t use microbeads. There are also more companies that are creating new recipes that include substitutes to make sure that they aren’t contributing to the microbead wave. For example, I used to love Garnier daily facial scrub until i heard about information like this. I threw my tub away that was around 3/4 full but I would never have used it. I went straight online and research which companies have ethics that I am looking for and I found loads and loads of smaller brands that are still sold in massive high street stores like Boots and Superdrug. I now use a facial scrub that I found in Boots by a brand called Sukin. It uses walnut shell instead and is just as effective and slightly less harsh on my skin as well. Their products are vegan, cruelty free and don’t include anything that can harm the planet. My scrub wasn’t even expensive. For a 125ml bottle it was £7.95.
If you would like to do more about this issue then their are a number of websites that you can have a look at but the main one is www.beatthemicrobead.org/ which has any information that you may want to know.
Thank you for reading and I will be back tomorrow with day #9.