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Why OSKIA Doesn't Use Microbeads

8 June 2016 10:04

Posted in: News

Flowing over around three quarters of the Earth and producing more than half of the oxygen that we breathe, oceans are at the heart of our planet. To commemorate World Oceans Day, and the 2016 theme of ‘Healthy Oceans, Healthy Planet’ with a special effort to stop plastic pollution, we’re spreading awareness on the dangers of microbeads.

What are microbeads?
Microbeads are a staple ingredient in many beauty and spa treatment routines, found in a variety of products ranging from facial scrubs to body products. These small, spherical and smooth plastic beads are cheap to manufacture and gentle on the skin making them a particularly popular addition to products such as exfoliators and cleansers.

What is the concern around the use of microbeads?
Because they are so tiny in size and non-biodegradable, they pass down our plugholes and end up polluting the ocean; the equivalent of dumping millions of plastic water bottles into the water each year thus threatening the marine eco system and ocean life.
Luckily, some parts of the world have already begun to ban the use of microbeads, including The Netherlands and many of the US states. Last year the US pioneered ‘The Microbead Free Waters Act’ which will start the phase-out of the tiny pieces of plastic found in soap, skin products, toothpaste and body washes beginning 1 July 2017 across the rest of the US. The UK is also closer to a ban after results that more than a third of fish in the English Channel are now contaminated with microscopic plastic debris from exfoliating skin scrubs, synthetic fabrics and other everyday products.

OSKIA are proud to share that we only use the cleanest most bio-active ingredients possible, and our range is completely free of microbeads. Our award-winning Micro Exfoliating Balm contains the tiniest silica and MSM granules, which immediately dissolve on contact with water to gently buff away dead skin cells so you can exfoliate, nourish and help save the planet in one go.

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Last Updated: 8 July 2016 17:27

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