Invisible plastic

Newsflashes about fish with stomachs stuffed with plastic and birds trapped in plastic, are piling up quickly. Birds use plastic waste as building material for their nests.

There are more empty bottles than bath towels on tropical beaches. Zero waste life is a solution, but what if the plastic is invisible?

With just washing your hair and brushing your teeth, you can wash miniscule plastic balls down the sink unnoticed. Even in some lipsticks, nail polish and scrubs micro plastics are added for better lubrication and high gloss.

These micro-plastics also appear through the disintegration of plastic. During the production and use of plastic products – also from waste plastic - micro plastics are released. Even a durable basket, crocheted of used plastic bags pulverized by the window of Liesbeth and Edwin. It's a tricky problem.

Micro-plastics are often not visible to the naked eye. They end up in the environment and cause damage; they have a direct impact on the development of animals and plants. You can imagine that they land on your plate unnoticed. If you eat fish for example.

Fortunately, there are companies that take action. Governments reviewing regulation is positive. Doing something yourself is more important. And much faster.

The plastic you see: You can get as little as possible in your house. The plastic you don't see: You’ll need to put in some more effort! But change is possible. There are several sites on the internet with lists of cosmetic products with micro-plastics. Take a look at this list before buying a deodorant, a shampoo or bodyscrubs.

You ‘ll smell just as lovely with a plastic free product and you’ll take a small step towards a cleaner world.

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