Switch! Face and body scrubs

What are you washing down the drain? Image by Fauna & Flora International)

What are you washing down the drain? Image by Fauna & Flora International)

Switch your usual face scrub for a plastic-free one

Why? Well, many cosmetic exfoliators contain tiny plastic microbeads. The beads are so small they get washed down the drain, going undetected by the waste water treatment and pass into the marine environment.

Microplastic pollution is becoming a major issue for the oceans. Firstly it causes blockages, malnutrition and, in some cases, starvation for a range of marine life (including mollusks, fish and seabirds). Secondly, because microplastics absorb and concentrate toxic chemicals from sea water, there are also real concerns that these toxicants could be passed up the food chain, ultimately posing health risks to humans. Yikes.


The sensible people at Fauna & Flora International have launched The Good Scrub Guide to make it easy to exfoliate your face and body, plastic-free. We like Lush’s Ocean Salt Face and Body Scrub, £7.25 for 120g and Neal’s Yard Remedies’ Honey & Orange Facial Scrub £15.50 for 75g. Find many more listed at The Good Scrub Guide.


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Ellie is the founding editor of EggMag. She likes to write about savvy lifestyle choices and all the amazing sustainable businesses she finds – and has the odd rant along the way. She's also massively impressed by moustaches.

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3 Responses to “Switch! Face and body scrubs”

  1. Soapy Eliza Says:

    Totally agree. There’s no need for plastic in an exfoliator.

    We do a whole range of lovely, all natural scrub soaps – from slightly textured to extra scrubby.

    What’s more, they’re also not packed in plastic and all biodegragable and palm oil free: http://www.allnaturalsoap.co.uk/product-category/feel/exfoliating-textured/


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