Each of us can play a part in caring for the state of our oceans health, and attention to what we wash down the drain is the best place to start. From the shampoo and body wash, always buy sulphate free, to the face scrubs, and toothpaste that contain tiny microbeads, there are over 300,000 microscopic plastic particles added to scrubs purely to exfoliate our skin. To the naked eye, these plastic particles are invisible and don't break down, and once they are splashed from our skin they flow straight down the bathroom sink, into our wastewater and eventually, the sea. Contributing to the 'Plastic Soup' floating around the world’s oceans, our fish and sea life are feeding on these beads, and if you enjoy seafood so are you. To put this into perspective, researchers believe there are 360,000 pieces of plastic for every square mile of ocean - which equates to 12.7 million metric tonnes floating around every year - devastating our oceans, and ultimately affecting our health. The good news, US and Canada have banned these tiny particles from being used in personal care products - and New Zealand is about to follow suit. As an island in the Pacific we should be leading this charge?
If you're not sure what's in your scrub, check for the word "polyethylene." If it appears on the label, it means the beads are in there too. Here are some brands who choose to use a natural alternatives. From jojoba beads to salt, sugar, nuts, and coconut shell.
Here are the best to suit any budget.