Alternative MethodsConventional Methods
Subscribe to our newsletter
The latest Core Spirit news, articles, and products, sent straight to your inbox.

Why Microbeads in Shower Gels are Bad for Marine Life
Mar 29, 2018

Maria Carter
Core Spirit member since Dec 24, 2020
Reading time less than 1 minute

You know those little lumpy plastic bits in your shower gel, toothpaste or face wash?

They’re called microbeads and they’re damaging marine life.

Environmentalists say the little bits bypass water filters and travel into the sea where they’re eaten by fish.

Last week, President Obama signed a bill banning them in America and now some of Australia’s most popular supermarkets are removing products containing them.

We’ve asked Emma Cunningham from Marine Conservation Society to explain microbeads…

What exactly are they?

They’re also known as plastic pellets and can be found in personal care and household cleaning products.

They are completely made of plastic so they don’t break down.

Toothpaste, shower gels, facial scrubs and shaving foam are amongst the items which have them.

Why are they bad?

They’re non-biodegradable so they don’t break down.

Microbeads are contributing to the massive issue of marine litter

Emma Cunningham

When you wash them off with water, the water goes down the plug hole but it carries the tiny bits of plastic with it and they end up in the sea.

They’re less than a mm wide so water filters miss them.

Microbeads are contributing to the massive issue of marine litter which is causing real problems to marine life.

What sort of impact is it having?

There still needs to be a lot more scientific research to show how damaging it has been for marine life.

The evidence is there to suggest animals right at the bottom of the food chain are ingesting it and we worry what impact that will have higher up the food chain.

What can be done?

There are lots of alternative products which can easily be used instead of these microbeads so you don’t need to have them to have beautiful skin.

Natural alternatives are already available such as oatmeal, sea salt and ground nut shells.

Who’s helping?

A UK campaign called Scrub it out is encouraging businesses to stop the environmentally unfriendly use of plastic.

Last year some key high street retailers agreed to remove them from their own branded products.

Daniel Rosney/BBC Newsbeat

Leave your comments / questions for this practitioner

To write a comment please
Category filter
Concern filter
Type filter

All categories

Herbal therapy
$10 USD
The calendula/marigold. One of my favourite herbs to prescribe inside and out.

My name is Leonie Quigley and my business is called Herbal Naturiel. I am a practising herbalist, nutritionist, community worker and doula but am also qualified in nursing, aged care and social work.

The clinic is a small but comfortable room at the fron…

Leonie Jill Quigley
Herbal therapy
$100 USD
coaching session
60 Minute Cannabis Wellness Coaching Session

Choosing the right kind of strain, dosage, potency, or even figuring out what terpenes will be beneficial for you can be very overwhelming.

I am here to help you use this magical plant to compliment your health & lifestyle.

Looking forward to connec…

Anna Rivera
Herbal therapy
$10 USD
coaching session
15 Minute Cannabis Wellness Coaching Session

This introductory 15 minute mini session will be dedicated to answering your questions about incorporating cannabis in your wellness routine.

Already a cannabis consumer? No problem! I’ll gladly help with any questions and provide direction and clarity y…

Anna Rivera
Herbal therapy
$50 USD
healing session
Ionic Detox Foot bath

Gently remove toxins from the body in a relaxing and rejuvenating way by placing your feet in a water foot . Living in society we absorb environmental impurities that disrupt the way our body functions. This process can help your body work to remove those…


Related Articles

View All
Registered individuals enjoy all the possibilities of Core Spirit.