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The Environment vs Face Scrubs


For me, having an interest in natural products brings with it more awareness for the environment. I am certainly no hippy tree hugger but I like to make an effort where I can. I wanted to bring to your attention an environmental issue which goes hand in hand with why natural products are better for you.

I read online that microbeads in exfoliating products are found in our oceans and are threatening the marine wildlife. Microbeads are those little balls of plastic in an exfoliator that help you scrub away the dead skin cells. Problem is they are not biodegradable. It will be no surprise to hear that companies use them because they are cheaper than natural alternatives like oatmeal, apricot and walnut husks.

This week Unilever, who owns brands Dove, St. Ives, and Alberto VO5 announced it will phase out polyethylene scrubbing beads by 2015. 

In the meantime, next time you choose a body or face scrub check the ingredients. Think about it's impact on the environment as it washes down the drain. Even if you choose not to avoid parabens and SLS, make sure the scrubbing grains are from a natural plant source. 




23 comments:

  1. Brilliant thought provoking post Sarah. I had never thought of it to be honest - I will spread the word! x

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    1. Thanks Grace, as I've been using natural for so long I was really surprised at the impact of the beads. Thanks for spreading the word that's what I wanted to do bring awareness to the issue :)

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  2. Another good reason to go with natural products! Great post xxx

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  3. I swear by natural bristle brushes for body and face! They are much more gentle on your skin than scrub products and are great for boosting circulation and detoxing as well :)

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    1. I agree, better for the environment as well. Personally I don't exfoliate very often due to having eczema. I think they cause unnecessary damage to the skin. Some products on market are extremely harsh.

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  4. I have never thought about this before. I don't tend to use scrubs with beads in very often but I ever do I will be bearing this in mind. Great post hun. xx

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    1. I'm unsure how many are on the market with these beads but the Unilever ones must have them. Glad you enjoyed reading :)

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  5. Wow I never knew, thanks for the info and it's great to know that a big company like unilever is actually prepared to do that x

    www.bowtiedbeauty.blogspot.com

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    1. Agreed it's a good step for Unilever as long as it's for the good of the environment rather than sales and image :)

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  6. Like others that have commented, this is just something I've never really thought about before but it makes perfect sense and I will take care to avoid from now on! Thanks for bringing this to my attention x

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    1. Fantastic, it's great to know my little blog can get people thinking about issues like this one :)

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  7. Wow, that is a good point, woud never have thought of that before! I don't really use exfoliators either really except for good old muslin cloth! I have some Old scrubs which I'm trying to use up but they are really harsh so I probably won't be buying any again in a hurry xx

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    1. I use muslin cloths they are good for a gentle exfoliation & better for environment

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  8. Thanks for writing about this - there are loads of fantastic and affordable face scrubs that use natural scrubby bits instead of these, so it's very easy for anyone to make the switch. There's just no need to use these! x

    Evelyn @ We Were Raised By Wolves

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    1. Totally agree, loads of natural alternatives out there :)

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  9. Great post! Surely not good for the environment. And I wonder why it needs 3 more years to phase them out :( I don't think these kind of scrubs do any good for the face either. I avoid all kinds of physical exfoliants for face, including walnut scrub. It is way too harsh and actually abrasive instead of just taking the dead skin out. I only use chemical exfoliants like salicylic acid, alpha hydroxy, etc. They are gentle in spite of being chemical :) Sugar/salt scrub for the body are the best :)

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    1. I use scrubs occasionally as I agree they can be too harsh. Walnut is abrasive I use oats they are gentle and great for eczema sometimes I find salt can irritate.

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  10. It's so easy not to think about where products go once you've rinsed them down the drain. I now use AHA to exfoliate with now, but if I was still using scrubs this post would have definitely stopped me.
    Great post Sarah :) x

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  11. Wow like many of the other readers of this articles I was totally unaware this topic.

    Thank goodness people like you and I love and prefer using natural products. Face scrub wise my all time favourite is the ila spa face scrub for glowing radiance and it uses crushed blackcurrant as the exfoliant. I highly recommend you try it, it's my latest review on my blog infact so I am glad you mentioned about this.

    Danny x x

    www.holisticgreenbeauty.com

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    1. Glad I have been able to make you aware of this but since you use natural products all is well & you are doing your bit for the planet :) the face scrub you mention sounds good enough to eat lol

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  12. Have you heard of the Good Scrub Guide? http://www.fauna-flora.org/initiatives/the-good-scrub-guide/

    Great for finding plastic free scrubs.

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    1. Thanks for the link, I haven't seen this :)

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