Kunststoff-Mikropartikel raus aus der Kosmetik – BEAT THE MICRO BEAD –

Kunststoff-Mikropartikel raus aus der Kosmetik – BEAT THE MICRO BEAD –

„Without knowing it, most of you daily contribute to the Plastic Soup by scrubbing your body, brushing your teeth, cleaning your face or washing your hair, because the plastic micro beads inside these products will be washed down the drain. This debris are about the same size range as plankton organisms and marine species are not able to distinguish food from this micro plastic.
On top of that micro beads also concentrate persistent organic pollutants (POPs) and are thus a transport medium for toxic chemicals in the marine environment. The fish you eat may be poisoned because of this.
That’s why we should immediately BAN using plastic micro beads inside these products! I hereby urgently ask all Consumers worldwide to BOYCOTT products containing plastic ingredients and to SIGN this petition.“Captain Charles Moore
Plastic Soup Foundation
„In 2011 North Sea foundation started a study in the Netherlands of personal care products containing plastic particles (micro beads). It was assumed the micro beads were only used in scrubs and peelings. However, the micro beads were used in much broader spectrum. Shampoo, lip-gloss, toothpaste, … the list became longer and longer.
A laboratory study showed the amount of plastic used in products was very high (up to 10%, a coffee filter full of plastic) and sometimes very small (50 micro meter, these particles passed through a coffee filter).
Different studies show the micro beads can enter the marine environment and enter the ‚Plastic Soup‘. Reason enough to take action. Together with the Plastic Soup Foundation we want a ban on micro beads in personal care products and we call other organisations and people to join us.“

Jeroen Dagevos
North Sea Foundation

BEAT THE MICRO BEAD

The UNEP, the United Nations Environment Programme classified the Plastic Soup as one of the three most urgent environmental issues. Plastic Soup is the collective name for the serious problems in the sea, caused by plastic.

All plastic is made by people. And it is made so well, that it does not biodegrade. As long as we use plastic, there will always be plastic finding its way to the sea via rivers, canals and harbors.

There is hardly a solution for the problem called Plastic Soup. Because we use so much plastic, the problem will only get worse. Eventually plastic falls apart in even smaller particles under the influence of sunlight and waves, but it never decays or digests. The smaller the pieces of plastic, the more difficult it gets to retrieve them from the sea. Plastic will stay hundreds to thousands of years. It will not perish along a natural road.

Scientist are increasingly worried about these small pieces of plastics (micro plastics) that are sometimes so small that you can’t see them with the naked eye.

Without knowing it, most of us contribute daily to the Plastic Soup by scrubbing our body, brushing our teeth, cleaning our face or washing our hair, because the plastic micro beads inside these products will be washed down the drain. This debris is about the same size range as plankton organisms and marine species are not able to distinguish food from this micro plastic.
On top of that micro beads also concentrate persistent organic pollutants (POPs) and are thus a transport medium for toxic chemicals in the marine environment. The fish you eat may be poisoned because of this.

What can you do?

Check the label of the cosmetics you buy. If it contains plastic, you will find the word polyethylene polypropylene, polyethylen terephlatate or polymethyl methacrylate ‚ among the ingredients.

Check your bathroom- to see if you use products that contain micro plastics without realizing it.

Express your outrage in a letter to the producer or the retailers of these products and sign our petition on Facebook!

In the links below, it seems that there are hundreds and maybe even thousands of cosmetic products containing micro plastics.

We can’t solve the problem of Plastic Soup, but we can prevent it from getting worse.

http://www.plasticsoupfoundation.org

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