Common Skin Care Products Contribute to the Plastic Pollution Tragedy in our Oceans.

by frogpondsrock on August 8, 2012

in environmental stuff,plastic pollution,real life

Today a friend shared in our Plastic Pollution Australia Group on Facebook, this image of plastic pollution in a sieve.

This is the amount of plastic that came out of half a tube of Clean and Clear Blackhead Eraser Scrub.

Half a tube.

I am gobsmacked.

Imagine the millions of tubes of this and similar stuff sold all across the world, and then imagine all this plastic washing down the drain and ending up in the ocean.

I think we are in a bit of trouble internet.

If we kill the Ocean we are pretty much buggered as a species.


So because I don’t actually feel like being doomed. I thought I would bring this to your attention.

The solution is pretty simple.

Don’t buy Face/body scrubbers that contain Polyethelene.

Microcrystalline Wax is listed as an ingredient as well, but I am not sure if that is plastic but it sounds dodgy enough.

There is also a petition asking Cosmetic manufacturers to stop contributing to Marine Plastic Pollution.


Liz August 8, 2012 at 2:09 pm

Holy moly. I have a Clean and Clear scrub, not the one mentioned though. Time to switch I think!

frogpondsrock August 8, 2012 at 7:47 pm

Time to read even more labels Liz. *sigh*

Jen August 8, 2012 at 2:41 pm

Wow, I had NO idea. And I was just thinking this morning that I needed to get a facescrub. The joys of having somewhat adolescent skin in my 40s. I’ll make sure I take my glasses when I do shop for products so I can read the fineprint that is the list of ingredients, and make doubly sure they don’t have bloody plastic in them.

frogpondsrock August 8, 2012 at 7:47 pm

I had no idea either Jen, I was totally gobsmacked and had to quickly write a post to share. I pride myself on being fairly switched on about Plastic Pollution and then this photo popped up n my facebook feed and just blew my mind.

Julie August 8, 2012 at 4:32 pm

Better still…..make your own.
Olive oil mixed with sugar is great….. or just plain old oatmeal in the blender with a little milk or herbal tea.

frogpondsrock August 8, 2012 at 7:43 pm

The old handful of rolled oats in a stocking trick is nice in the bath as well Julie. :)

river August 8, 2012 at 7:09 pm

I’m happy to say the only thing I clean my face with is soap and water.
Then I moisturise and that’s it.
No fancy face scrubs for me.

frogpondsrock August 8, 2012 at 7:41 pm

I am the same River, I have only ever used water. It started because I couldn’t afford skin care products and now I am just in the habit of a very minimalistic skin care routine.

Elephant's Child August 8, 2012 at 7:25 pm

Mostly I am with River. Then every so often I use a little Dove scrub. And now I will have to check the fine print ingredients. Which I should have done all along. Thanks Kim.

frogpondsrock August 8, 2012 at 7:42 pm

I am with River as well, I have a very minimalistic skin care routine. I use more moisturiser on my hands than I do my face.

Dorothy @ Singular Insanity August 9, 2012 at 9:21 am

Wow, I had no idea. So glad that I only use natural, organic products.

frogpondsrock August 11, 2012 at 8:19 am

Neither did I Dorothy until the photo was shared in the Plastic Pollution group.

Lisa August 10, 2012 at 5:47 pm

I honestly had absolutely no idea that this happened! I’m going to check things more carefully from now on!

frogpondsrock August 11, 2012 at 8:20 am

I think I will just keep on using plain old water. Thanks for commenting :)

Jebaru August 12, 2012 at 8:56 am

A plain old face washer exfoliates as well. Thanks for posting this, Kim.

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