Guess what ladies?! Our DIY Toxin-Free SKINCARE Workshop on Sat 19 Aug is almost booked out! We have only TWO SEATS left, so if you’re keen to come, pop on over to our online store to book in, to avoid missing out 🙂
I’m not a fan of littering – actually, it’s one of my pet hates. It infuriates me how someone can chuck their rubbish carelessly on the ground, when there is a bin just metres away. I mean, seriously, how lazy can a person be! I remember when Chris and I went to Bali, I was appalled at all the rubbish floating in the ocean. I was expecting beautiful, crystal-clear waters. I had dreamt about lolling in them during the weeks leading up to my holiday. But when we arrived, I was so disgusted of the polluted waters, that I didn’t even pop one toe into the famous Kuta beaches. I resolved once again to never litter my rubbish. And I thought I didn’t. Litter that is. But really I had been every day, for many, many years, in so many ways. One of these ways was in the bathroom as I washed my face and brushed my teeth.
Yep, I’d been littering microbeads. Teeny tiny bits of plastic going down, down the drain, and into the waterways.
When you read through the ingredients in the list in your bathroom items, one item you wouldn’t expect to see is plastic. However, a significant number of personal care and cosmetic products contain tiny particles of plastic, called microbeads. In fact, a tube of face wash can contain over 330,000 microbeads! When you consider that the average consumer is likely to be a daily user of microbead-containing products, that is A LOT of plastic that gets washed down the drain.
Sometimes they’re added as an abrasive to get that deeper clean (such as in face wash and body scrubs to slough off dead skin and leaves us ‘glowing’), but sometimes they serve no purpose other than decoration (like those fancy, sparkly specs you might see in toothpaste). The listing of ‘polyethylene’ in the product ingredients is usually a giveaway that plastic microbeads are present, but sometimes this is listed as ‘HDPE’, for ‘high-density polyethylene’, or even ‘PEHD.’
Why should anyone care about microbes? Turns out, these tiny scrubbers might make us feel fresh and clean, but they’re doing serious damage to the environment and could potentially hurt our health as well. Microbes in body scrubs, face washes and similar products are almost always smaller than one millimetre, and they tend not to be filtered out in sewage treatment—meaning they’re directly released into waterways.
Just as plastic junk in the ocean is damaging to marine ecosystems, microplastics pose a particular problem. Released into bodies of water, microbeads absorb contaminants like polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, and are eaten by marine organisms, from small invertebrates (like mussels) to giant whales. Because microbeads absorb PCBs, the marine creatures who consume them are getting a large dose of toxic chemicals along with their plastic appetisers, and these toxins tend to build up in the organism. PCBs have been linked to cancer in marine life, and other negative impacts on the immune system, reproductive system, nervous system, and endocrine system in animals.
But the damage doesn’t stop there. This cycle continues when humans consume these marine creatures. This means big implications for human health and food safety. BPA and other leached components used in plastics are thought to be endocrine-disrupting chemicals that have been connected to problems including heart disease, brain deterioration, type 2 diabetes, cancer, and obesity. Chronic exposure to BPA specifically has been linked to issues such as heart disease and diabetes.
When I learnt all this, there was no way I was going to buy commercial products containing hidden microbeads ever again. Actually, it got me pretty mad to think manufacturers added plastic to personal care products, just for decoration! I mean, I get why they might do it for an abrasive function, but as a decoration? Now that is just downright irresponsible.
I’ve since been making my own super delicious body scrubs with mineralising salts and zingy essential oils, and I can rinse the scrub off and let it flush down the drain without any guilt of littering. If you’re coming along to our DIY Toxin-Free SKINCARE Workshop on Sat 19 Aug, 6-8:30pm @ our Happy Biome Studio, you’ll get to make your own 100% guilt-free body scrub to take home, along with four other environmentally-friendly skincare products 🙂
*****DIY Toxin-Free SKINCARE Workshop******
When: Sat 19 August, 6pm-8:30pm
Where: Happy Biome Studio, Crn Jiloa Way & Lapthorne Cl, Don (entry via Jiloa Way)
Cost: $50 early-bird rego if you sign up before 12 Aug (covers cost to make and take five skincare products, plus recipe booklet, herbal tea, paleo treats & a wealth of invaluable knowledge!)
During the workshop you will make:
Honey Lavender Face Wash – 250ml
Anti-Wrinkle Serum – 25ml
Skin Perfecting Body Butter – 120ml
Lemongrass & Ginger Salt Scrub – 250ml
Minty Lip Balm – 10ml
As spaces are limited, we would appreciate that you book in and pay prior to the workshop.
Looking forward to seeing you there!
p.s. If you’re not into DIY-ing, or can’t make the workshop but would love to try some beautiful and effective all-natural skincare products, we have for sale a range of Happy Biome Skincare, Cleaning & Makeup products available on our website – www.happybiome.com.au – and in our Happy Biome Studio. We also stock our products at Relish Whole Foods in Shearwater, Purple House Natural Therapies in Forth, The Health Nut in East Devonport, Nut House in Ulverstone, Urban Flower in Sydney, and Made to Milk Lactation Cookies in Newcastle (online).