Microbeads
Image courtesy of The Science Explorer

We heard in the news last week that the government has banned the use of plastic microbeads in the manufacture of cosmetics and personal care products. This is great news! As you may be aware, plastic microbeads are found in many products, such as exfoliating face scrubs, toothpastes, hand washes and many more. They are a cheap alternative to using say, ground coconut shell, but unfortunately they get washed down the plug hole and end up in our oceans where they are ingested by marine life – frightening! You might have seen the BBC’s Blue Planet II recently, which highlighted this terrible issue and how it is affecting our sea creatures.

You will be pleased to know that The Soap Cabin has never and will never use microbeads in our products. We are all about natural ingredients, so we use natural exfoliants including poppy seeds and pumice powder which, being naturally occurring, break down over time.

Plastic in itself is a bigger issue because so many products come encased in (far too much) plastic, which just ends up in landfill because it doesn’t biodegrade. The only plastic we currently use is in our soap packaging (cellophane wrap) because the soaps are vegetable glycerine-based and have to be kept air-tight to prevent attracting water and sweating. Although this is less wasteful than a hand wash bottle, it’s still plastic and something we want to think about going forward.

Read more here about the microbead ban.