Earth Day is just a few days away, but our planet needs protection all year long.
Saving the planet can seem like a monumental task. But it’s not hard to make little lifestyle changes to help out. After all, little things add up.
Here’s a good way to start small, literally!
Every year, around eight million tonnes of plastic wash into the oceans and endanger marine life. It’s easy to imagine plastic bottles and bags cluttering up the ocean, but a lot of plastic pollution also comes from an insidiously unlikely source: microbeads in your beauty products.
What are microbeads?
Microbeads are tiny bits of plastic often used in toothpastes, face and body scrubs as exfoliants. They’re so small, you won’t even notice when they get washed down the sink! But they quickly build up and make their way back into the ocean where they are ingested by fish, poisoning them and causing genetic disruption to sea life.
And of course, those microbeads will also move up the food chain and back up to you.
To see if your favourite scrub uses microbeads, take a look at the ingredient list. They’ll often show up most commonly as Polyethylene (PE), but can also be listed as Polypropylene (PP), Polyethylene terephthalate (PET), Polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) and Nylon (PA).
Or just look for brands that are microbead-free. One such brand is Neal’s Yard Remedies. They don’t use plastic microbeads in their scrubs – opting for natural exfoliants such as sea salt, rice powder, wild rosehip seed, peach seed, and more. Check out the full list of brands that are free from microbeads and other toxic microplastics here.
Neal’s Yard Remedies also campaigns alongside Greenpeace and Fauna & Flora International to lobby the UK government to Beat The Microbead.
Until the ban comes into effect worldwide, up to 680 tonnes of microbeads may still contaminate our environment. So make an informed, eco-conscious choice by going plastic-free today!
And don’t forget to share your little ways to save the planet with us for our #FEMALEChallenge this month!