The Issue with microbeads and the environment.

microbeads in skincare products

We all want the best for our skin, exfoliating is an important part of maintaining healthy, vibrant skin. However, many products that are excellent exfoliants may be harming environment.

We’re talking about products containing microbeads.

These little exfoliating balls contained in scrubs, body wash and even toothpaste are harmful to marine life and aquatic environments. Many health & beauty organizations have stopped using microbeads due to the high risk to the marine ecosystem.

What makes microbeads harmful?

These tiny (1mm diameter at most) non-biodegradable plastic beads pass through our water filtration systems and eventually to our rivers and oceans as litter. Smaller fish ingest these microbeads instead of food - this affects their maturity and lifespan. Ultimately, harming the marine food chain and ecosystem.

Globally, 10,000 tonnes worth of plastic microbeads are used in healthcare products every year. Many countries have banned microbeads and other plastic substances in cosmetic and healthcare products. Organisations such as Foodstuffs, The Body Shop and Johnson & Johnson took an early start of removing microbeads from their products. 

It’s always best to use natural healthcare & beauty products that are environmentally sustainable. Our felted wool soap bars use Corriedale wool as an exfoliant. Wool is a natural fiber that provides gentle exfoliation and has excellent biodegradable properties.

If you’re interested or concerned that your beauty products may contain microbeads or other microplastics, check out http://www.beatthemicrobead.org/product-lists/

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