It’s funny. As I type this, “microplastics” isn’t even a word my computer recognizes. My computer is certain that it’s misspelled. But, it’s not.
Microplastics have been a part of cosmetics and personal care products for years. They entered silently. Stealthily. Now, they’ve entered our oceans. Marine life. The deep sea ice in the Arctic. And, microplastics are coming back into the food chain.
It’s time for SpellCheck to recognize “microplastic” as a real word. I guess it’s time to us to evolve, too.
The Problem of Plastic Waste
In thinking of plastic pollution in the world’s ocean, you may conjure up images of large fishing nets, plastic bottles, swaths of straws, and plastic shopping bags.
You may be following the #noplastic revolution. You ditched the plastic straw to save sea turtles and marine life. You bring your own reusable bag when you shop at the grocery store. You buy in bulk to eliminate plastic packaging. You’re doing your part.
Have you ever thought about the plastics that might be lurking in your cosmetics?
Cosmetic companies use plastic microbeads in their products. Scrubs. Toothpastes. Beauty products. Face washes. (For the record, Flow Cosmetics does not use any microplastics in our products. More on that later…)
These plastic microbeads, once they’re used…where do they go? Down the drain.
Microplastic Accumulation Around the World
Eventually, these microplastics accumulate in the oceans around the world. In lakes. In estuaries.
Record levels of microplastics have even been found inside deep sea sediments and ice floating in the Arctic.
Not only do these microplastics harm marine life, these microplastics are re-entering the food chain.
Microbeads are just that; they’re micro.
They’re so small in size that marine life can ingest microbeads. And when we ingest the marine life that ingested the microbeads…we’re all in trouble, because then we’re ingesting microplastic, too. Our bodies aren’t equipped to digest plastic. The health concerns are high.
Flow Cosmetics—Taking a Stand Against Microplastics
The best way to reduce plastic pollution? Use products like Flow Cosmetics. We don’t ever use microplastics in our products, so you can be certain that you’re protecting bodies of water, marine life, and your fellow humans around the world.
By not using microplastics, you prevent plastic from entering water systems in the first place. Microplastics are a global pollution problem, but thankfully we’re doing something about it here.
Here in Finland, a citizen’s initiative, led by Lotta Laaksonen and Marion Routti, who both live on Pargas, is working on banning the import of, production of, and sale of cosmetics containing microplastics. The 50,000 signatures needed to be considered by Finnish lawmakers have all been received. Progress is being made.
The first order of business may not be updating the SpellCheck on my computer to recognize the word “microplastic.” The first order of business is educating my customers about what microplastics are and how they’re hurting the planet and, in turn, harming us.
Eliminate your use of microplastics by shopping our full line of microplastic-free products from Flow Cosmetics.