Kindly I have been asked to contribute to the Ecocirer blog on this page called Professionals.
This has given me a lot of food for thought these last few days.
As a very grown up person and a professional I feel it a big responsibility to speak about a subject that concerns our environment, our daily habits and the the future of our planet and us as humans on it.
After much deliberating I have decided to talk about micro plastics and use of plastics in packaging. This of course is on everybody’s mind and in the press at the moment. We have been made aware that micro plastics invade every part of our daily lives- from shampoos and conditioners to our washing powders. We are all very used to the daily unconcerned use of products like these that it comes as a surprise to many of us when we are told that our oceans are polluted and the micro plastics are in our food chain.
The micro plastics in cosmetics and cleaning materials are put into all these products to make our hair shiny, to leave our clothes in good condition. We have been spoiled by these conveniences and even when we take the step to for example use a natural shampoo we are disappointed and may just go back to the usual shampoo to avoid hair not quite as shiny as we are used too. What to do? I think we need to look back at what our grand mothers did to get shiny hair- put a little vinegar into the rinsing water for example.
Sometimes in the face of just how bad things have become- when we are bombarded with pictures of plastic polluted oceans, we feel despondent and may feel that we cannot make a difference. That it is too late! Every little step we as an individual take, every plastic packaged item in the super market we don’t buy will make a difference. Most importantly- as a producer I know this, the consumer is the boss. If we stop buying plastic packaged goods, the producer will soon enough think of an alternative way to package. If we stop buying good with micro plastics in them the producer will soon enough find ways to produce the goods excluding these ingredients.
I am aware that the micro plastic from use in cosmetics make up only a small percentage of the micro plastics in the oceans. The mayor part come from primary mico plastics such a car tire dust- well- we all know how we can make a difference there. Our textiles, like your fleece, when washed will add mico plastics to our water.
To become a more conscious consumer has to be the way forward. Lets all start behaving like we hold the power- like we are the boss.
Ingredients to look out for on your product labels and which to try and avoid. Not all micro plastics but still bad for the environment and your health.
- Polyethylene (PE),
- Polypropylene (PP),
- Polyethylene terephthalate (PET),
- Polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA)
- Nylon (PA)
Local ways be involved and help clean up the beaches and our oceans.
An old fashioned completely safe soap to use without harming the environment or your health.