Living by the beach, I feel passionate about marine preservation and our worldwide coastlines. Yesterday was World Oceans Day, so there’s no better time to join forces with Green People and fight against microbeads ruining global marine life and beaches.
Many leading organic beauty brands are getting involved with the fight, from Neal’s Yard Remedies to Pai. Microbeads are still components found in a lot of cosmetic products, such as exfoliators and scrubs. An ingredient which has devastating and long-lasting effects on the world, they need to be banned as soon as possible.
As this information is not commonly spoken about to consumers, you can raise awareness by sharing the information on social media, using the hashtag #BanTheBead. Talking about it will spread the word and hopefully lead to a ban in the UK. Below is a petition to sign also, if you’d like to get involved with the campaign.
Over to Green People, with their explanation as to why microbeads are so damaging. Summed up in six bullets, read on and ditch them now:
- Many microbeads are so tiny that they slip through waste-water treatment plants and into the ocean.
- Sea creatures absorb or ingest microbeads, which can clog up their stomachs and be passed along the food chain.
- Recent studies have shown microbeads can be found on almost every beach worldwide, on polar icecaps and just about everywhere in the oceans.
- It is likely that we are also absorbing microbeads from the food we eat, such as mussels, tuna, oysters salmon and anchovies.
- Microbeads are not biodegradable and once they enter the marine environment, they are impossible to remove.
- Marine plastics are known to accumulate toxic contaminants at concentrations up to a million times more than found in the surrounding seawater.
Find out more over at greenpeople.co.uk and sign their petition to #BanTheBead.