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UPDATE: Following on from beauty giants Unilever, L’Oreal and The Body Shop’s decision to stop using microbeads in their facial scrubs and exfoliants, three more companies have followed suit.
Clarins, Clearasil and Ella Baché have all agreed to phase out polyethylene microbeads out of their products. Clearasil and Ella Baché have told environmental campaigner Jon Dee, who runs the advocacy group DoSomething2016, they aim to find a suitable alternative by the end of 2016.
Miranda Kerr has previously given her support to advocacy group DoSomething, and their mission to make beauty companies stop the production of harmful microbeads. Microbeads (unlike other exfoliants like salt or oat scrubs) are not biodegradable, when you wash them down the drain, they make their way into the waterways becoming a major cause of environmental pollution.
Miranda Kerr has spoken. There’s one skincare ingredient she’d like to see banned, and there’s a very good reason for it.
The 32-year-old model has backed the campaign to ban microbeads in cosmetics by the end of 2016. The campaign is being led by NSW Environment Minister Rob Stokes and Jon Dee, environmentalist of advocacy group DoSomething, after high levels of microplastics were found in Sydney Harbour.
Microbeads – unlike other exfoliants like salt or oat scrubs – are not biodegradable. When you wash them down the drain, they make their way into the waterways becoming a major cause of environmental pollution.
According to The ABC, researchers from the University of New South Wales found microplastics in sediment samples from 27 different sites around Sydney Harbour. At one site, the concentration of microplastics was greater than that found outside a former plastics factory in Sweden.
Microbeads are not only harming fish, but humans too.