The oceanographer of Imperial College London, Erik van Sebille, conducted a study on the effect of plastics on birds and seabirds and discovered that 80% had plastics in their stomachs.
“We calculated the amount of plastics that a seabird had in the stomach and discovered that, on average, they had 10% of their total weight,” van Sebille said. And those are not the only worrisome figures. According to the Grantham Institute for Climate Change Research, which is also part of Imperial College, in 2010 alone between 4.5 and 12.7 million tons of plastics ended up at sea.
The greatest virtue of plastic, being extremely durable, is also making it a supervillain. As it degrades and becomes smaller – due to UVA rays, chemicals and other mechanical degradation processes – the ocean is becoming a great microplastic soup. A soup that feeds on marine life.
The consequences seem terrible but the true magnitude is not known, because the details have not yet been studied. GESAMP (The Joint Group of Experts on the Scientific Aspects of Environmental Protection) states that the potential effects that plastics can have on marine organisms include: physical effects such as obstruction; chemical effects due to the transport of toxic chemicals; impact on populations and ecosystems; Dispersion of harmful pathogens and health problems.
The alternatives Lush’s inventors work hard to discover natural or biodegradable alternatives to exfoliating microspheres. Nature provides all the scrubs that your face or body may need: nuts, such as almonds and nuts can be ground to get different sizes; Pumice powder is fantastic for working the driest areas of the skin; and the sweetness of granulated sugar makes it perfect for polishing lips.
In 2016 we added the bamboo stalk to this list of all-powerful scrubs. The microspheres of cosmetics only represent a small contribution to the large number of microplastics that flood the ocean (around 0.01% and 4%). However, it is “an environmental problem that can be avoided and, in addition, it is the most famous source of microplastics,” said the Environmental Audit Committee That makes it, therefore, an excellent starting point. Let’s do it!
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