Plastic microbeads commonly found in products such as body scrub and toothpaste is building up in oceans across the world and potentially damaging wildlife and lets not forget to mention that these could be entering our food chain as well.

Microplastic beads abrasively scrub your skin, to open pores and remove dirt build up. BUT they are made of plastic. This begs the question, why would anyone want to scrub their body with plastic? You could just as well use a rope to scrub your back and face!

After their use microplastics are washed straight down the drain, out of sight and out of mind. But these tiny pieces of plastic are just beginning their journey.

Day to day use of microplastic scrubbers means they are being washed away down our rains at alarming rates, and where do they end up…the ocean of course. Ranging in size from 0.1 to around 0.5 mm, these tiny and buoyant plastics are not filtered out by sewage treatment works, and will make their way, with clean sewage into river systems, and ultimately end up in the oceans.

Once in the sea, they can float in areas where large number of marine organism feed, suggesting there is a high possibility that they are ingested by marine life and are likely to enter the food chain.

It is estimated that as much as 86 tonnes of microplastics are released into the environment every year in the UK from facial exfoliants alone.

An Environmental Audit Committee suggests in its report that the cosmetics industry is failing to adequately label products which contain microbeads.

The report suggests microplastic pollution could be more damaging to the environment than larger pieces of plastic because its size makes it more likely to be eaten by wildlife and then potentially enter the food chain, for example a plate of six oysters can contain up to 50 particles of plastic.

Either way, humans are causing so much damage on our earth. Will there be a liveable earth left for future generations?

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Plastic microbeads commonly found in products such as body scrub and toothpaste is building up in oceans across the world and potentially damaging wildlife and lets not forget to mention that these could be entering our food chain as well. Microplastic beads abrasively scrub your skin, to open pores and...