Microplastics in Beauty Packaging Products
The beauty and personal care product industry is one among many that damages the environment, especially marine wildlife, while also contaminating human health. Microplastic consists of plastic particles called microbeads that are smaller than five millimeters in diameter and are found in clothing, cosmetics, cleaning products and personal care products. There are over 500 officially recognized microplastic ingredients being used within formulas. When inhaled, these particles enter the lungs and can be difficult to remove from the respiratory system,causing health risks such as lung irritation, asthma, reproductive abnormalities, lung cancer and cardiopulmonary disease. We can get involved by scanning our products with the ‘Beat The Microbead’ app to find out if they contain any, and avoid buying products that do. We can support brands that are genuinely plastic-free by asking questions, educating ourselves and demanding more from companies. Learning the effects of microbeads should encourage conscious consumerism.
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