Microplastics: Why they need to be phased out of beauty products


    What are microplastics? Well put simply, they are the tiny beads – found in face and body scrubs and some toothpastes.

    Why are the bad? Micro plastics are too small to be captured through existing wastewater treatment processes, and wash straight into the ocean where they harm fish and other sea life.

    Last week a Greenpeace poll found that two-thirds of the British public think plastic microbeads used in exfoliant toiletries should be banned.
    The US passed a ban at the end of 2015, with Canada set to follow suit and several EU nations – but not the UK – calling for a legal ban.

    A single cleansing product can contain as many as 360,000 microbeads, while natural, biodegradable alternatives include jojoba beads, apricot kernels, ground nutshells and salt.


    Many beauty brands have already stopped using microplastics or committed to do so, but until a blanket ban comes into force, we’ve compiled a handy list of which companies to use and which to consider avoiding.

    If you’re unsure, check the label and avoid products containing polyethylene (PE), polypropylene (PP), polyethylene terephthalate (PET), polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA), polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) and nylon.

    Source: The Guardian UK