Plastics are everywhere – they can easily be found in our homes, in our products and even in the Artic! People are becoming increasingly aware of the danger of plastic with more people opting for more sustainable alternatives like glass containers, reusable bottles and cotton bags for fruits and veg.
Microplastics are tiny pieces of plastic less than 5mm, microplastics are found in lots of products from cosmetics to paints, they can also occur when bigger plastics break down from things like plastic bags. Thankfully, in 2018, the UK banned the sale and production of rinse-off products containing microbeads along with other EU countries and the US. While we have won the battle with microbeads, we have not won the war.
Microplastics have been found in 73% of deep-sea fish as well as every single marine mammal surveyed in the UK. There is also a good chance that these plastics end up in your digestive track if you eat fish or meat. Microplastics are still frequently used in a variety of products including; glitter, paint, waxes, polishes, soaps and detergents. In cosmetics they are often used to assist with the feel and finish of the product.
To avoid microplastics there are numerous things you can do the easiest thing to do is to go natural. Clothes, cosmetics, cleaning products made from 100% natural ingredients will not contain microplastics and this prevents you from having to research different types of plastics. You can also avoid single use plastic as these break down to become microplastics over time, and switch to loose-leaf tea as most teabags contain plastic!