If we all stopped endorsing pollutant products, we would all be doing our part to clean out our oceans.
We’ve been saying it for years but finally it seems to be catching on now.
January 2018 finally saw the banning of microbeads in rinse off cosmetics, including shower gels, soaps & face wash. At the time, those little balls of micro-plastics were causing havoc for the environment, entering a viscous circle of pollution. They’d be flushed down our drains, make their way into the oceans & kill our marine life.
The banning of microbeads was just a small triumph in an industry still so full of toxic ingredients. It’s not just the oceans that suffer. We suffer directly too. Our sewage systems and filtration technology aren't always able to clean these toxins out, which leads them to accumulating in the sewage system sludge. This sludge is often used as fertiliser for common crops, therefore entering the human food chain. Yuck!
Some of the most dangerous culprits that you should be avoiding:
If you’ve been following us for a while, you’ll know how much we disagree with SPF. Oxybenzone and octinoxate are two of the worst. Hawaii is even banning the sale of any sunscreen that contains either of those from 2021.
As well as the threat to our oceans, these two chemicals are known as endocrine disruptors, and may cause disruption to human hormones when absorbed through the skin or ingested through contaminated food. While there isn't enough research to say for certain, many researchers suspect that the chemicals may result in a host of health problems, including breast cancer, birth defects and DNA damage when they enter the blood stream.
Got an anti-bacterial hand gel rattling around at the bottom of your bag? Chances are it contains Triclosan. It’s a common antimicrobial and antibacterial agent that can also be found in some toothpastes, soaps, deodorants and body washes.
After entering the water system, Triclosan accumulates in the cells of algae and marine mammals, restricting their growth, causing impairment of vital functions or else killing them. The toxin is also found in our drinking water and is thought to be of similar threat to humans.
As a society, we’re all pretty switched on about parabens now & know to avoid them wherever possible. The concern is that parabens, like some UV filters, are endocrine disruptors, not only effecting the hormone levels in marine life, but potentially humans, too.
Our Natural Elements products contain absolutely no pollutants or nasties & by using them, you can feel rest assured that no further damage is being done to our oceans.