Did you know that many cosmetics companies are still using plastic microbeads in their products? These include Polyethylene, Polypropylene, Nylon and more.
Microbeads are a kind of microplastic used in many personal care products such as skin exfoliator or body polish products. These plastic microbeads are the harmful substance that pollutes our oceans, harming marine life and ecosystems.
These microbeads that might be hardly visible to the naked eye are not biodegradable and contribute to the ‘Plastic Soup’ swirling around in our oceans. It will be almost impossible to remove them from the sea once they have entered the marine environment. Sea animals could also absorb or eat these microbeads and pass them along the marine food chain. Since humans are ultimately at the top of this food chain, it is likely that we might also ingest the microbeads.
There has been consistent evidence that shows a variety of health complications that may arise from an exposure to microbeads and additives therein such as PCBs – which are hormone disrupting – along with other fat-soluble compounds known cling to polyethylene, the plastic used to make them.
The health impact of plastic in any forms should be a major concern for all of us. We are exposing ourselves to unknown chemicals that might end up in our food and threatening our health. Given the potential health risk, there is still very little research that has been done on the effect that it has on human health.
Bans and phase-out on the use of microbeads and other harmful chemicals in cosmetic and skincare products has been introduced and carried out in several countries including Netherlands, Australia, Canada, Italy, Korea, New Zealand, Sweden, United Kingdom and United States.
Neal’s Yard Remedies was the first United Kingdom brand to be certified with the Look for the Zero logo, which guarantees our users that we use zero plastic ingredients in our products. We love our Earth and would like to continue producing safe and environmental friendly products for as long as we can.
Our products such as Wild Rose Body Polish only use natural exfoliating ingredients such as Organic Rosehip Seed and Organic Rice Powder, which were manufactured from the Organic Wild Rosehip Seed and Thai Rice Seed. The sizes of these exfoliating particles are between 0.5 – 1mm, which provides good exfoliating action on the skin, removing dirt and dull, dead skin cells. You will see a result of brighter and smoother skin for days.
We also recommend: Honey & Orange Facial Scrub, Pumice Foot Scrub, Nourishing Melissa Hand Polish, Rose & Geranium Body Polish, Frankincense & Mandarin Body Polish, Rehydrating Rose Facial Polish & Purifying Palmarosa Facial Polish.
At Neal’s Yard Remedies, we love our planet and would like to continue producing safe and environmental friendly products for our dearest customers and mother Earth.
While saving the ocean, let’s recycle too. Let’s care for our mother nature together.