At this point people are fairly aware that waste packaging let loose on the land finds it's way into the ocean via stormwater run-off. Unbeknownst to folks like me micro plastics are also negotiating their way into the ocean through common everyday activities. It seems that many skin care products liberally used by millions of people from soap and skin scrubs to hand cleansers and shower gels have tiny plastic beads.
The particles (see photo on left) are as small as grains of sand and are smaller than water treatment facilities can capture. These tiny grains, polyethylene beads, then are whooshed out into the ocean. Once in the water they are mistaken for food by small creatures. Subsequently these micro plastics enter the food chain and there is every reason to believe they will end up on our dinner plates at some point in the future.
Having this information gives us another opportunity to actively care for the health of our ocean and ourselves through diligent observation of labels. Making skin care and soap purchase choices that favour exfoliants extracted from natural sources, fruits, seeds, nuts, grains, pumice will send a message to the manufacturers that we are prepared to face this problem. These actions will also lay down a challenge for manufacturers to make better choices too.