Microplastic in Cosmetics

Microplastic contamination originates from the discontinuity of bigger parts of plastic waste, little engineered filaments from garments and the microbeads utilized in beautifying agents and different items. The microbeads in cleans, shower gels and toothpastes are an avoidable piece of this plastic contamination issue. A solitary shower could bring about 100,000 plastic particles entering the sea ( Vidal, 2016).

In the UK, around 86 tons of microplastic are released into the environment each year  from facial exfoliants only ( Vidal, 2016).

In the United States, we release eight billion plastic microplastic into the environment each day (5 Gyres).

Despite the fact that the microplastics do not bring any dangerous synthetic concoctions, they can absorb a lot of tenacious lethal contaminations in the sea, for example, pesticides, fire retardants, and polychlorinated biphenyls. They assimilate poisons in water, are eaten by marine life, accumulated the poisons, and become our plates.

Swaantje Güntzel Microplastics II, 2016 by Henriette Pogoda

(Microplastics gathered from Kure Atoll highlight noticeably on the essences of conspicuous German residents in another battle that attracts attention to the ecological cost of some skincare items(Lyte,2019).)

“Beat the Microbead”(An international campign against plastic in cosmetic industry.) has gotten support from 79 NGOs in excess of 35 nations around the globe. The United Nations Environment Programme has distributed a scientific report called ‘Plastics in Cosmetics’. What’s more, required the eliminating and prohibiting of the utilization of microbeads in close to home consideration items and beautifying agents. There are over 15 countries have taken measures to ban microbead (5 Gyres).

Although no one knows the long-term effects of microplastics, this is a huge experiment. And in this experiment, there is no doubt that humans are experimental.  We cannot ignore the serious truth. If as human beings cannot be more environmentally friendly, but only to satisfy our own interests, then it must also be unsustainable and temporarily. This isn’t just an effect on marine life, yet additionally on numerous life frames on the planet, including birds,amphibians and manmmals (especially us).

Lyte, Brittany. “Microplastics From Kure Atoll Star In Flashy New Campaign.” Honolulu Civil Beat, 8 May 2019, www.civilbeat.org/beat/microplastics-from-kure-atoll-star-in-new-german-campaign/.

Vidal, John. “Microplastics Should Be Banned in Cosmetics to Save Oceans, MPs Say.” The Guardian, Guardian News and Media, 23 Aug. 2016, www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/aug/24/microplastics-ban-in-cosmetics-save-oceans-mps-say-microbeads.

5Gyres. “Plastic Microbeads.” 5Gyres.Org, www.5gyres.org/microbeads.

7 Replies to “Microplastic in Cosmetics”

  1. I think this is a very interesting topic.
    I am sure that most of the people in the world would not think of the problem of microplastics in cosmetics and looks microplastics do not seem to directly give a threat to the environment. But there is one thing we know-if we keep throwing those microplastics into the ecosystem. It will definitely give the hurts to our earth.

  2. Plastics are actually very hard to break down, and it can take generations to break down some of them. Plastic is now the most popular material on the market, its cost is lower, but it seriously damages the earth’s environment. Personally, I’m a big advocate of reducing the use of plastic. I once learned that some alternatives to plastic, such as wood, can be recycled for a long time. But materials like plastic, although people recycle plastic, a lot of plastic goes straight to waste and can’t be recycled.

  3. I also mentioned the harm of microplastics in my paper that this substance is difficult to break down. Imagine when microplastics enter our body, when the content is relatively small, it can also ensure that the human body is not harmed. However, when the content is high, microplastics will cause suffocation to a certain extent. The harm of microplastics cannot be ignored.

  4. This is very interesting since microplastics in cosmetics are so popular. A lot of brands advertise them for cosmetic benefits, and I am surprised it is not a more talked about topic today. I think that it’s important to reduce the amount of microplastics or even ban them from cosmetics in order to help the environment.

  5. It is forbidden to apply sunscreen for diving, in large part because most sunscreens on the market contain an ingredient called Oxybenzone, which kills live corals, and more terribly, it can cause corals DNA damage causes abnormal growth of young corals, seriously increasing their odds of abnormal development. This chemical also has a growth hormone effect, especially when corals are exposed to the sun, this stress response will be more pronounced, causing corals to bleach to death. We still lack a comprehensive understanding of sunscreen pollution. What we should do is to eliminate chemicals that are harmful to the ocean, develop non-toxic sunscreens, and enjoy the joy that the ocean brings us while further protecting the environment on which we live. .

  6. Microplastic in cosmetics seems to be very small, but it is really harmful for the water. There are many toxic ingredients included in microplastic. Then, the wind or rain will put it into sea and form the water pollution. Thus, we should refuse the bad quality of cosmetics, because they not only influence on our face but also they are harmful to the environment!

  7. This is a very interesting blog post because I never actually heard of this. Plastics itself has a extremely long decomposition time and many people are aware of recycling and reducing their plastic use. However many people, including me, don’t think about micro plastics

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