The United Nations (UN) via the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization) has stated that in 2050 there will be more plastics in sea than fish.
Today the Essabó blog is about a very important subject: microplastics.
For some decades now, concern about the quantity of plastics found in seas has alerted health authorities. However, it was not until a few years ago that the population was urged to become aware of this problem.
The UN has calculated that there are 51,000 million microplastic particles in our seas, which is 500 times more than the number of stars in our galaxy.
Frightening, isn’t it?
However, what is a microplastic exactly?
We call microplastics the bits of plastic smaller than 5 mm that have either formed part of other bigger sized plastics or have been produced on purpose with this size.
As nature does not possess the tools to naturally decompose plastics, they remain in our environment for years, decades, and even centuries.
Therefore, every plastic plate, glass and cotton bud you have used will continue to break up in nature and become tiny pieces (microplastics) for centuries and will form part of table salt (as the OCU corroborates in its report on table salt), the fish we eat, the water in our seas and oceans, etc.
And there is more. Plastics are polymers prepared from many compounds to which dozens of toxic additives are added, like phthalates, Bisphenol-A (forbidden in babies’ bottles and dummies for being a proven endocrine disruptor that affects hormone functions), flame retardants or nonyphenols, to name just a few of the most usual and toxic ones.
With time, these plastics degrade and release these toxins to pollute our seas and the food chain: algae, corals, molluscs, fish, etc., which cause alterations to them all, including plankton, the source of all marine life.
Of all these microplastics, we wish to stress that some are present in our cosmetics without us actually knowing it, and they enter our seas directly when we shower or bathe, clean our teeth or face, etc., as they are present in toothpaste, face creams with filler effects and exfoliants.
It is vital for our environment and our skin that we no longer use these products because the microplastics in them also contain toxic additives, and form part of a dense layer of microplastics that covers our seabeds after being used for a few seconds.
With Essabó Jabones Beltrán is aware of the need to act and use products that are healthy for our skin, organism and planet. This is why it has created Essabó exfoliant, an exfoliant soap that is 100% natural whose abrasive particles not only gently remove dead cells from skin, but are also kind to marine life by being made from 100% biodegradable and harmless almond shells.
Jabones Beltrán firmly believes that with Essabó our actions in this world completely care for nature without having to deny enjoying advances that offer us a degree of well-being.
Our Essabó exfoliant, which is eco-certified by the Swiss company Bio.Inspecta, one of the most prestigious certifiers in Europe, is made with first cold-pressed oils by a process that maintains all the properties of coconut and olive oils intact. This is an exfoliant ultrafat soap enriched with aloe vera that protects the skin’s corneous stratum and, in parallel, exfoliates and removes dead cells to unveil the real beauty of skin.
You do not need to harm the natural environment to have beautiful skin!