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    What are micro-beads and why should we ban them ?

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    What are micro-beads and why should we ban them ?

    Post by papa_umau on Tue 23 Aug 2016, 12:00 pm

    What are microbeads and why should we ban them?

    Washed your face with an exfoliating face scrub recently? Brushed your teeth with some smooth minty toothpaste? Unfortunately then, you may have unknowingly smothered gross, polluting plastic on your body. While fancy adverts lead us to believe these products are good for us -  both beauty experts and ethical campaigners are now criticising the inclusion of tiny pieces of plastic called microbeads.

    Why should you care about microbeads? Well, there’s already tonnes of plastic swirling around our beautiful oceans - bottle tops, plastic bags and lots more. In fact, about 8 million tonnes of plastic enters the oceans every year. These kinds of things end up in the stomachs of seabirds, whales, turtles and other marine life. Microbeads are a particuarly annoying culprit - they're so small they are unable to be filtered by our sewage systems and pollute our oceans to no end.

    Read the full story from Greenpeace HERE




    Yes, as it should come as no surprise to you good people that I AM a supporter of Greenpeace, and as such I feel that I should bring this latest pollutant of our oceans to your attention: What do YOU feel about this latest news ?


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    Re: What are micro-beads and why should we ban them ?

    Post by zathrus on Thu 25 Aug 2016, 11:51 am

    Never heard of "micro-beads" before.

    They sound quite nasty.

    Just something else to pollute the environment with I guess.
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    Re: What are micro-beads and why should we ban them ?

    Post by papa_umau on Fri 26 Aug 2016, 11:56 am

    The real nasty thing about micro-beads is that like many other plastics they are non-bio-degradable.


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    Re: What are micro-beads and why should we ban them ?

    Post by Angie baby on Sat 27 Aug 2016, 12:01 pm

    We got on just fine before these "micro-beads" so it should be quite easy to ban them if they are so dangerous to the environment.

    Simple really !
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    Re: What are micro-beads and why should we ban them ?

    Post by papa_umau on Sun 28 Aug 2016, 12:13 pm

    HERE'S a link to a site that explains more about what microbeads are and how they damage our environment.


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    Re: What are micro-beads and why should we ban them ?

    Post by Hell's Granny on Sat 03 Sep 2016, 10:58 pm

    The part that worries me most is that they are getting into the food chain.
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    Re: What are micro-beads and why should we ban them ?

    Post by papa_umau on Sun 04 Sep 2016, 1:07 pm

    That's a thought HG.

    Latest News.....

    The use of microbeads is to be banned in cosmetics and personal care products.

    Environmental Secretary, Andrea Leadsom,  confirmed this yesterday.

    With every single shower possibly sending up to 100,000 of these tiny plastic pieces into the oceans, the government have moved in the face of growing environmental concerns at the damage being done to marine life.

    A consultation process will be launched on banning the plastics with legislation expected next year, and their removal by the end of 2017.




    At last, it seems that they are finally listening to something that we say !


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