So, yesterday I was just casually reading the news and I chanced upon this topic that piqued my interests where it states:
“Obama bans microbeads in cosmetic products to reduce plastic pollution”
After reading the article, it seems that the House of Representatives have approved to phase out all micro-beads throughout the whole of U.S – The Micro-beads Free Waters Act. Well, the act will not spring into action immediately nor will it be an instant ban, but rather beginning from 1 July 2017, all cosmetic brands will have to phase out the tiny plastic beads from all products.
Well done America, hopefully we all adopt a similar standpoint soon!
So what is the problem with these brilliant exfoliators we often get in our beauty products?
WHAT GOES IN THE OCEAN, GOES TO YOU.
More often than not, microbeads are non-biodegradable which means that they will never dissolve nor disappear. Therefore when they are washed down the drain, they go straight into our sewer system without being filtered. Aquatic plants don’t have the technology to filter them out of the water, the beads wash up into sea causing pollution.
Current research that is still ongoing has suggested that the beads may be absorbing toxins along the way. It has also been found that marine lives assumed the small beads as food and of course they consume them, as many of us who eats fish, there is a good chance that unintentionally along the way we too have consumed plastic.
FISH EATS THE BEADS, WE EAT THE FISH.
Truthfully there is no real need for micro-beads: some natural products does the same thing and it goes a long way. If you are really used to having a polish every week, I would really advice you to check the ingredient list before purchasing. You can safely purchase a scrub that exfoliates with pumice, salt, sugar, or nut husks. I do use face and body scrub and was as clueless as you about the environmental consequences, therefore for ladies out there who have some time to spare I’m going to show you some alternatives you can DIY or purchase that’s environmental friendly and useful!
SUPPORT THE FOLLOWING BRANDS.
ALPHA-H, LUSH, ST. IVES, THE BODY SHOP, EDIBLE BEAUTY (as shown above).
For a complete list of products that do not contain plastic , please click here.
If not, you can make your own! I was really lucky to receive this homemade sugar scrub for Christmas last year from a dear friend of mine and I’ve been using it ever since. It smells refreshing and it was so nourishing for my skin.
MADE AT HOME | JULIA’S MINT SUGAR SCRUB
½ cup coconut oil
1½ – 2 cups sugar
1 tablespoon peppermint extract
1 drop green food coloring (Can omit if you like)
Place coconut oil in a bowl and microwave on HIGH 15-25 seconds until softened.
Start by adding 1½ cups sugar to the oil, along with the peppermint extract and green food coloring. Mix until ingredients are well combined and food coloring is evenly distributed. If mixture is too wet, add another ½ cup sugar until scrub is to desired consistency.
Spoon scrub into air-tight containers or Mason jars.
For detailed read about microbeads, click here.