Plastic microbeads in the sea end up on your plate
People power can make things happen and so it is with the banning of microbeads in cosmetics. Following President Obama banning their use in the United States, and Justin Trudeau, PM in Canada, the British government has pledged to ban them in the UK from 2017.
Every year about 8 million tonnes of plastic enters the oceans every year, and among these are tiny plastic microbeads which are added to facial and body scrubs, toothpastes, and shower gels instead of natural alternatives.
Once in the sea they get into the food chain through fish, so not only are they going on our skin, we’re eating them too. In the UK several leading companies have said that they will phase them out in their own products (but may still sell them in other brands).
Find out if the products you use contain Microbeads. The Daily Mail has actually provided some good journalism and exposed the manufacturers and their products containing microbeads. Check them out at: Plastic-fish-caught-Britain-toxic-microbeads-used-shower-gels-toothpastes-beauty-products
Dr Ian White, a leading dermatologist at St Thomas’ Hospital, London, was reported as saying that more and more of us are suffering from skin allergies, including eczema, and that two chemicals used in cosmetics and toiletries as preservatives are being linked to increased numbers of people suffering from eczema. The chemicals are methychloroisothiazolinone and methylisothiazolinone (often referred to as MI).
There are natural alternatives to using microbeads such as apricot kernels, or clays and honey which are natural exfoliators. You can downloads The Good Scrub Guide which lists natural products that do not contain microbeads from www.fauna-flora.org
MyHealthySoul tip: Many toiletries are labelled ‘organic’ when only 5 to 20 per cent of their ingredients are actually organic. We recommend going to LoveLula who only sell truly natural cosmetics and make up. Try Love Lula.
Microbeads are made of: polyethylene but can be of other petrochemical plastics such as polypropylene and polystyrene.
What quantities are we talking about? Just one product can contain 100,000 microbeads which end up in the sea.
Where do they go? Inside wildlife – birds, fish and other creatures ingest them and we eat them in fish and seafood.
There’s plenty of research to back up the claims about microbeads, so for more details go to: http://www.beatthemicrobead.org/