World Oceans Day: Why microbeads are destroying our marine life
Today, June 8th, is World Oceans Day, a day in which we celebrate all things deep blue and how incredible our oceans really are. So don’t we want to preserve this beautiful habitat?
Microbeads are tiny plastic beads which can be found in many different skincare and cosmetic products, most commonly found in harsh manual facial scrubs, and toothpaste. Yes, those tiny little beads are pure plastic, something many people are not aware of.
A single product can have up to 300,000 toxic microbeads inside, each one measuring around 5mm, that when washed away are filtered into our oceans among marine life. Millions are being released into our oceans every day for fish to digest. It’s scary to think that what you wash your face with could end up on your dinner plate.
The UK government plans to abolish the addition of microbeads in cosmetics this year, to then be completely banned by 2020. Other countries such as Canada and Australia are also planning on making these changes.
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