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Ban the beads

Environmental awareness is a passion of copy editor/writer Simone Delochan: last year she examined the dangers of helium-balloons and the attached dangling ribbons (even the so-called biodegradable balloons) and the one-use disposable straws. She writes of yet another hidden danger to the environment.

On January 9 of this year, the UK passed legislation which banned the use of microbeads in cosmetics and not because they are against healthy skin. Turns out these little beads are also terrible for the environment.

Found in facial and body washes as well as toothpastes, at the time of their development they were seen as marvels of invention. Isn’t that the way it always goes though. We can thank John Ugelstad for their development.

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