• Microbeads in Personal Care Products 20 June 2015 | View comments

  • Plastic Microbeads have been used in personal care products for some time. A single product could contain a large number of these colourful little beads, about 10% by volume of a single product in total, Microbeads are used in products such as shower gels and exfoliating scrubs and even toothpastes. 

     

    After a number of studies and research it has since been discovered that these colourful little nuggets of tiny plastic are actually harmful and after discovering why they are harmful, it is suprising how these microbeads were allowed in to our personal care products in the first place.

     

    It has been reported by Fauna & Flora International's Goodscrub Guide http://www.fauna-flora.org/initiatives/the-good-scrub-guide/ that 36% of fish caught from the English Coast contained Microbeads. Microbeads are not biodegradable and can be found throughout the marine environment, once in the marine environment they are impossible to remove. Whilst this is a worry in itself, these Microbeads are ingested by fish and in turn end up in the food chain which means humans are absorbing these Microbeads through the food we eat, now who wants to be eating tiny bits of plastic that are made out of Polyethylene (PE) as well as Polypropylene (PP), Polyethylene terephthalate (PET), Polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) and also Nylon!

     

    Not only can these Microbeads be harmful to fish and the marine life, they contain damaging chemicals, polute the oceans and waterways, build up in nature and end up in the human food chain. Thankfully these Microbeads are gradually being phased out but it is a pitty that these Microbeads were ever passed to be used in personal care products in the first place. 

     

    You can download the 'Beat the Microbead' App and also visit the http://www.beatthemicrobead.org/en/ for more information.

     

    Information sourced from beatthemircobead.org.

     

    Azenti Organics are currently formulating a Professional Strength Microdermabrasion Exfoliation Scrub, with a 100% natural and organic base that contains natural and organic exfoliating grains with organic essential oils, kind to skin and the environment. This product will be available towards the end of the year, our formulation is unique to us, if you are a salon owner or if you would like to pre-order a sample size before this product is officially released, we can do this on a prescription only, please contact us via email on azenti-organics@outlook.com.

     

                   

     

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