Recently there has been an awful lot of kerfuffle about these teeeeeeny tiiiiiiny little chaps called microbeads. Sure, if they are so small what harm can they do I hear you say? Well let’s just say safety in numbers does not apply here.
In most cases the little things you feel on your face and body when you exfoliate? They’re microbeads. A microbead is a piece of plastic, less than 2mm in size, that you will find in most every day personal care products including wait for it ….. toothpaste!
One of the main problems is that these little guys are not biodegradable, meaning they cannot be broken down by environmental or bacterial factors and so they become a pollutant to the environment. Its estimated that 100’s of 1000’s of them go down the drain each time you exfoliate in the shower, or brush your teeth. They have also been known to absorb toxins, meaning they can be potentially harmful to humans and wildlife depending on where they end up in the environment.
According to GreenPeace, around 8 million tonnes of plastic enters the ocean every year. I find this figure staggering, this is HUGE! And what is worse, is the plastic ends up being ingested by marine wildlife putting them all at risk. Have you ever seen that video of the turtle that had a straw stuck in its nostril? It sounds funny …… it’s not, it’s terrible & had he not been rescued he would have died. The BEAT THE MICROBEADS campaign is fantastic, and has led the good fight in this problem resulting in a large number of multintational companies promising to end their use of microbeads within the next few years….. which is a pretty long time no?
To avoid being part of this “little” problem, why not try a natural approach to exfoliation? Here at Peachy we only use unrefined sugar and poppy seeds, Epsom salts and Pink Himalayan sea salt as our exfoliants, which are gentle on your skin, allow a thorough gentle exfoliation, and do not harm the environment. Hey everybody wins J
Here is a link to a clip that gives a good idea of the impact of microbeads on the environment.