Why Are Microbeads So Dangerous?

The United Kingdom has banned microbeads and as such form the 30 th June 2018, there will be no place on shop shelves for personal care/cosmetic products that contain microbeads. So if you need to dispose of products that contain microbeads in a responsible manner, consider a professional microbeads disposal service from BKP Waste & Recycling Ltd.

Briefly: What Are Microbeads?

Microbeads are tiny pieces of plastic, usually made from polyethylene but can also be made of other petrochemical plastics (such as polypropylene and polystyrene). They have many uses; with regards to science they can be used to separate biological materials, however when microbeads are used in personal care and cosmetic products, they can be very harmful to aquatic and marine life.

What Are The Dangers?

Microbeads flush down the drain and due to their small size, they pass through filtration systems. This means that they enter marine and aquatic environments. The state of microbeads plastic pollution is so widespread and terrifying that “if someone eats six oysters, it is likely they will have eaten 50 particles of microplastics". [sourceWired.co.uk]

Now you may be forgiven for questioning the dangerous surrounding microbeads, after all they look so small and insignificant. However, these small pieces of plastics and the contamination absorbed within them are eaten by small aquatic creatures. These toxins pass up through the food chain, which have the potential to cause disastrous results.

Through a process known as biomagnification the toxins in microbeads can make their way up the food chain, increasing in concentration and potentially causing damage at higher levels.

An example of biomagnification can be seen in fish and levels of mercury. It starts at the beginning of the food chain with small algae that absorb mercury in very small concentrations of seawater. This slowly makes it way up the food chain, increasing as it climbs. For example, blue fin tuna has 0.63mg of mercury in 1kg of meat, whereas a swordfish has 0.89mg in 1kg of meat! [source BBC]

As such, theNHSrecommends that you should not eat Shark, swordfish or marlin if you are pregnant or trying to get pregnant, because they can contain more mercury than other types of fish.

Is It Safe To Use Products That Contain Microbeads?

What about products that you currently own? Can they be harmful to your health? Is it safe to continue using them? Or should you dispose of them with a microbeads disposal service?

Whilst their use is damaging the world's waters and harming marine and aquatic life, they could also be harmful to humans.

For many years, cosmetic products have advertised the microbeads within. Often microbeads were advertised as ingredients that would make us feel cleaner. However, these tiny abrasive particles can cause damage to our bodies.

Your Teeth

If you brush your teeth with toothpaste that contains microbeads, you could be damaging your teeth. Dr Zaki Kanaan, (former president of the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry) said that toothpaste which contains microbeads can wear away the tooth's outer enamel. [sourceDaily Mail]

Your Skin

However, it isn't just your teeth that can be damaged by microbeads.

Whilst microbeads are useful for exfoliation, if one overuses exfoliating products, they can damage their skin. The microbeads can cause really small rips in your skin. These small rips may seem insignificant at first, after all many of us experience small damage to our skin from time to time in daily lives, such as a small paper cut. However the damage caused by microbeads can let in bacteria and pollutants.

Your Eyes

The dangerous to human health don't stop at your teeth and your skin.

The pieces of plastic are so small that when washing your face with a product containing these microbeads, they could occasionally get caught in your eyes. Fortunately these are usually 'blinked away', however sometimes they can be lodged under the eyelid and damage the cornea. This can make the eye very sore, sometimes so sore that it can't open!

How Do I Dispose Of Products That Contain Microbeads?

If you're searching for a professional microbeads disposal service, the friendly and dedicated team at BKP Waste & Recycling Ltd can help. Thanks to our professional waste disposal services, you can dispose of this harmful product in a responsible manner.

We understand the importance of responsible waste disposal. As a waste disposal and recycling company that respects the importance of the environment, we take steps to minimise or reduce the impact that our actions may have on the environment and the planet. You can read about the steps that we take by clicking on “BKP Information" at the top of this page and reading our environmental policy.

Additionally, over our many years of experience we have obtained numerous accreditations. One of the accreditations that we have obtained from theInternational Organisation for Standardisation is an ISO 14001:2004 Environmental.

Professional Microbeads Disposal Service From BKP Waste & Recycling Ltd

Microbeads are harmful to the environment and potentially harmful to human health. As such, it is very important that they are disposed of in a responsible and ethical manner. So when searching for a microbeads disposal service, choose a waste disposal and recycling company that respects the environment; choose BKP Waste & Recycling Ltd.

We have over 50 years of industry experience and innovative expertise. So if you would like any additional information regarding the numerous waste disposal services that are available from us, please don't hesitate to give our friendly team a call.

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