The UK Has Banned Microbeads That Are Polluting Our Oceans And Being Ingested By Humans
What are microbeads?
Microbeads are minuscule pieces of plastic that are found in face washes, toothpaste, body scrubs, abrasive cleaners and other everyday beauty products. After you wash your face or clean your teeth, the microbeads go down the plughole and pass through water filtration systemsbecause they are so tiny.
These microbeads then end up in the sea where they are ingested by fish and harm marine life. Plastic particles have been found in fish, shellfish and even the stomachs of birds.
If you eat seafood for example sushi you are likely to be ingesting microbeads.
Beauty products that contain microbeads are usually easy to spot because the plastic spheres can be seen in the liquid.
If you are not sure, check the label and rub a small amount of the gel between your fingers to check the texture.
Plastic microbeads in personal care products in the UK are banned from manufacturing and from July sales of such products will also be banned.
The world’s ocean is one our most valuable natural assets and we are destroying this asset. Trillions of pieces of plastic is floating in the world’s seas and this debris has reached even the remotest part of the ocean.
Microbeads are only a small part of the plastic floating in the seas, but this is the easiest to prevent. It is a beginning and hopefully lead to the world tackling the other forms of plastic waste.