On 8th June it will be World Ocean Day. World Ocean Day has been around since the early 2000’s and tries to reach out to as many people as possible to raise awareness of how precious our waters are and everything we need to do to conserve it. The hot topic this year has been to #beatthemicrobead. A lot of cosmetics use plastic beads in their products such as facial washes and other exfoliants. These plastic beads pass through water filters and eventually land back in the oceans. The beads are not biodegradable and so fishes start to eat them. This slowly ends up in the food chain cycle and those who eat fish could also be eating those microbeads. Once they get into the system they are nearly impossible to remove so it’s a very serious issue hence the campaigns. At the current moment organisations are petitioning with Parliament to put a ban on using plastic microbeads in cosmetics.
More and more companies are now trying to manufacture their products with a biodegradable alternative. Trilogy is well known for using all natural ingredients in their products because they really believe that their products should have ‘Maximum effect on your skin, minimum effect on the environment’. Trilogy’s Gentle Facial Exfoliant £21.50* is a great example that products don’t need the plastic microbeads to be effective. The exfoliator does a great job and my face felt lovely and smooth afterwards. I do love knowing that I’m using something all natural on my skin. My next job is now to be more aware of what products I own and will own in the future have these plastic microbeads in them. And to help me with that.. and you there’s an app!
The Plastic Group Foundation developed an app which will tell you if your products contain microbeads in them. Snap a pic on their app camera and it will flag up if there are any microbeads in their products which you can then make a more informed decision on whether you want to purchase. Of course I used it to test out the Trilogy Gentle Facial Exfoliant* and expectedly it was in the green. Join us in the campaign on instagram and snapshot your plastic microbead free products and use the hashtag #banthemicrobead
If you want any more information on World Ocean Day or Plastic Microbead Ban please see the links below.
Until next time..
Beauty & the Payroller