Lets Talk: Micro beads in cosmetic products have finally been banned!

I think many of us shed a happy tear along with Mother Nature on 9th January as the government (finally)  announced the ban on the manufacturing of micro beads. For anyone that has absolutely no idea what I am talking about, microbeads are the tiny bits of plastic that are added to some toothpaste, face washes, body scrubs and exfoliators.

Micro beads in cosmetics products have finally been banned

These seemingly harmless looking beads, wash down the plughole and eventually enter the Ocean, causing great harm to wildlife. For those of us that eat fish, they eventually end up in our food chain too. Up to 12 million tonnes of plastic enter the Ocean every year and clog up these beautiful underwater worlds, that are the habitat for thousands and thousands of plants and wildlife.

Micro Beads in cosmetic products have finally been banned

Greenpeace has worked incredibly hard on this campaign, but it doesn’t just stop at microbeads. Plastic is all around us, the use of straws in coffee houses, fast food shops and attached to children’s drinks is just the tip of and ever increasing iceberg.

But what can we do about it? Well, as the mother of a ten year old that is obsessed with The Blue Planet and nature programmes, that has turned vegetarian (like me) because of his passion for animal welfare, that moves worm’s from the pavement to the grass on the way to school and picks up other peoples litter, I have to nurture that passion for a better world that is within him. This is our children’s world, their children’s world and we HAVE to do what we can to make it the best that we can. Sad pictures of turtles in the sea with plastic can holders around their neck and straws attached to their noses are becoming all too frequent. How many times have you visited a beach and seen plastic bottles bobbing up and down in the sea? We have to make a change.

The Blue PLanet

Thankfully, many cosmetics companies have already made the change to more natural forms of exfoliates such as the use of sugars, nut shells and salt, but there is so much more that we can do. Costa Coffee has recently announced that as part of their ongoing commitment to reducing waste they are removing plastic straws from their stores and launching a non-plastic alternative later this year, which is incredible. Supermarket Iceland has also taken the step to remove plastic straws from all its own label products and by 2023 will have removed all plastic packaging from all its own brand products and switch to pulp trays and paper bags.  At home we can use re-usable straws, we can purchase travel coffee cups that we can get refilled in our local coffee shop, we can stop using plastic carrier bags and start using paper or canvas ones. We can recycle, we can reduce packaging, we can take a moment to think about all the unnecessary plastics and packaging we use and take the simple steps to do our bit.

We only have one world and wouldn’t it be amazing if we could make it a better place? Make the change, don’t leave it to others to do, recycling is a simple and easy thing that all of use can do every single day, soon it will become a habit and before you know it, the world will be a brighter place. If we don’t make these changes now, what legacy are we leaving our children?

For more information please visit the Greenpeace Website HERE

I would LOVE to hear your thoughts and ideas on this subject, please leave me a comment below.


  1. Anonymous
    January 18, 2018 / 2:24 pm

    Great post Sharon, I agree we should all try and make this world a better place for our children.

    • Back To You Beauty
      January 19, 2018 / 10:15 pm

      Thank you! And for each other eh! Xx

  2. Sue Stewart
    January 18, 2018 / 2:41 pm

    It's about time this happened. Now it's time to ban all plastic bags from the supermarket. You shouldn't be able to buy them. 5p bags should go. I've been signing petitions stopping the micro heads. We should keep going forward with this.

    • Back To You Beauty
      January 19, 2018 / 10:16 pm

      Good for you Sue, I totally agree!

  3. Annie Qadeer
    January 18, 2018 / 2:49 pm

    I think it's great that they've passed this law – yes to making earth a better place!

    • Back To You Beauty
      January 19, 2018 / 10:16 pm

      I know! Finally eh ? Xx

  4. Mammaful Zo
    January 18, 2018 / 3:01 pm

    I completely agree & am so pleased they have finally been banned xxx

    • Back To You Beauty
      January 19, 2018 / 10:17 pm

      Let’s hope it’s the start of greatness x

  5. Anonymous
    January 18, 2018 / 3:10 pm

    I totally agree and am so thankful that at last these microbeads are no longer legal in our beauty products. Your little boy is wonderful at recognising the worth of planet Earth and all of its environments, doing his part so willingly and diligently! If only we could educate every child of this rising generation and sway them to continue positively changing the world for good.Jill D-W

    • Back To You Beauty
      January 19, 2018 / 10:18 pm

      Thank you Jill, it’s seeing the wonder in nature through his eyes that just makes me want to do everything i can for our beautiful planet x

  6. Beautylymin
    January 18, 2018 / 3:10 pm

    It’s brilliant news that the ban on micro beads has been introduced! We can all do little things that will add up to a big change xx

    • Back To You Beauty
      January 19, 2018 / 10:19 pm

      Exactly! And some of the things are so simple to do x

  7. Laura Louise
    January 18, 2018 / 5:43 pm

    Yes, this is such good news and it's so important to use less plastic and be aware of what it is doing to the planet!

  8. Angela Weaver
    January 18, 2018 / 8:31 pm

    Recent heart-breaking images have finally raised awareness of the untold damage plastic is responsible for. This small step is the right way forward… I hope more will be done to protect the planet.

  9. Anonymous
    January 18, 2018 / 8:47 pm

    Well said Sharon. We all need to do our bit xx

  10. Chantelle Nelson
    January 18, 2018 / 8:58 pm

    I can't believe it's taken this long to ban them!! It makes me so sad thinking about the damage they've already done.Chantelle xThe Girl In The Tartan Scarf

  11. beautyqueenuk
    January 18, 2018 / 10:38 pm

    It is sad that it has taken a programme that this to shake everything up. I try and use tote bags as and when I can rather than a carrier bag, I don’t have straws and it’s rare I buy a take away coffee but I know I can still do more than I do.

  12. Allure La Vie
    January 19, 2018 / 11:10 am

    This is amazing and a positive step in helping towards the ever growing problem. There was just no need to use them. Fab post xx

  13. Anonymous
    January 19, 2018 / 11:38 am

    Fantastic to read such an impassioned blog on this subject. We ALL need to do our part to improve the planet that we all too easily take for granted. xxx Celia/Lucy xxx

  14. Lauren
    January 19, 2018 / 11:39 am

    It’s a great start. Next campIgn – awful glitter. I hate the stuff. If it’s on anything it can’t be recycled. Think of all those cards on sale with the dreadful stuff on it. It’s an unnecessary evil for the environment. Rant over 😂

  15. Vanessa Roberts
    January 19, 2018 / 12:35 pm

    We HAVE to act NOW to prevent this dreadful situation from getting any worse.A walk along any beach illustrates a tiny fraction of this heartbreaking damage we are inflicting on our beautiful planet. We live in such a "disposable" age and we NEED to readdress our whole outlook on this lifestyle. Thanks for a wonderful blog xxx

  16. kerry Lifeandloves
    January 19, 2018 / 3:09 pm

    Such a great post, and I agree with you a million percent, we can all do our bit to make the planet a better place cant we. I made a pledge at the end of last year to be more mindful and responsible with my spending, and who I give my money to. Like you, Iv been a vegetarian for 30 years and have made the move this yearto try to eat vegan. If we all do a little bit, we can make it better for our kids eh! Love this post x

  17. Laura Hollier
    January 19, 2018 / 6:29 pm

    This is so good! Lovely post x

  18. Erin Russell
    January 19, 2018 / 6:36 pm

    I'm SO happy this happened! It really wasn't needed, and they were making our oceans so horrible! 🙁 I am all for recycling, reusing and reducing! Definitely a worthwhile cause – and I loved the post 🙂 Erin || MakeErinOver

  19. Roxie Watt
    January 19, 2018 / 11:38 pm

    This is such an important step in the right direction!

  20. Lauren Hills
    January 20, 2018 / 10:29 pm

    I am so glad they’ve finally stopped it. I don’t think many people really realised the importance of banning micro beads. They are so hazardous to our sea life and environment x

  21. Heather Nixon
    January 21, 2018 / 9:31 am

    I think it’s amazing that they’ve been banned – we still have a long way to go in terms of reducing plastic waste xwww.ofbeautyandnothingness.co.uk

  22. Nicole Baxter
    January 21, 2018 / 1:28 pm

    When I woke up this morning and saw it on twitter and I was so happy! Xx

  23. Georgia Weedon
    January 21, 2018 / 4:13 pm

    So glad microbeads have finally been banned! I am now trying to do other little things like not use straws. I think we need to work on getting glitter banned next, or at least made bio-degradable because it can be just as bad as microbeads! x

  24. The Sunday Girl
    January 22, 2018 / 3:22 pm

    I'm so glad that it has finally come into action – such an unnecessary item x

  25. Gem flutterandsparkle
    January 24, 2018 / 5:13 pm

    Before this was in the news the other day and I read a few articles I had no idea just how damaging these are to the environment! The ban is great news!

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