What’s so bad about microplastics in cosmetics?
These microplastics, hardly visible to the naked eye, flow straight from the bathroom drain into the sewer system. Wastewater treatment plants are not designed to filter them out; that is how microplastics contribute to the ‘Plastic Soup’ swirling around in our oceans. Microplastic pollution is irreversible.
Sea animals absorb or eat microplastics; these particles can then be passed along the marine food chain. Since humans are ultimately at the top of this food chain, it is likely that we also ingest microplastics. Microplastics are not biodegradable and once they enter the (marine) environment, they are almost impossible to remove.
Plastics contain a complex mixture of chemicals, and some of those have been identified as hazardous to environmental and human health. Microplastics are a risk to human health and the environment. Plastic has also been acknowledged as a planetary boundary. So there is no reason to put microplastics on purpose into products millions of consumers use on a daily basis. Plastic in cosmetics is a design error.
Using body washes or cosmetics that contain microplastics can put the ocean, ourselves, and our children at risk!
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