What are microbeads?
• Microbeads are tiny bits of plastic found in some personal and beauty care products, such as toothpaste, scrubs, sunscreens and make-up.
• The microbeads used are mainly made of polyethylene (PE), but can be also be made of polypropylene (PP), polyethylene terephthalate (PET), polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) and nylon. If any of these are listed under ingredients then the product contains microbeads.
• Microbeads wash off your body and down the drain, then end up in oceans.
• Microbeads, and other microplastics absorb harmful chemicals like a sponge. They become over a million times more toxic than the water around them.
• Fish and other marine life mistake them for food and eat them.
You can pledge to go #beadfree by only choosing products that are free from microbeads.
For more information about microbeads and plastic pollution, check out the following websites:
Today marks the start of National Insect Week here in the UK. For more information on events, activities and competitions see www.nationalinsectweek.co.uk
This seems a good time to mention our ongoing campaign to save Butterfly World Project. This was a local conservation project that sadly announced its permanent closure last December and therefore did not reopen this season. However, we have since been working together to try to find a solution. For more information on this, check out our website www.savebutterflyworld.com
Also, it has just been announced today that EU has agreed an action plan to tackle wildlife trafficking and other crimes. Great news! This is one of many wildlife, conservation and environmental campaigns I have supported recently. It feels good to know that we can all make a difference- whether it is relocating an insect to safety or using our voice to support campaigns or taking any other kind of positive action- we can all do our bit to make the world a better place.