What's in your body wash?

Good scrub guide newsletterWhilst marine debris is a relatively new branch of research, the problem of microplastics, pieces of <5mm, is an even more recent part of the topic. Not only do these tiny pieces of plastic accumulate up to 1 million more toxins than the surrounding sea water, but when ingested by plankton they make their way into the marine food chain.

One source of microplastics are the microbeads in many face scrubs, toothpastes and body washes. Too small to get filtered by sewage plants, microbeads make their way down your drain straight into the ocean. However, washing your body microbead free has been made easy with the use of the "Good Scrub Guide" published by Fauna & Flora International.

The document lists countless products (of different price ranges) that are free from solid microplastic ingredients and champions those brands that produce plastic free products. You can also check out the free Beat the Microbead smart phone app that lets you scan a product's barcode to see if it contains plastic. Simply tap to download, select your region and get scanning!