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The latest threat to our waterways, microbeads

January 11, 2016 2 min read

A popular ingredient in beauty products and hand cleaners could be creating a new environmental threat!

The potentially dangerous contaminants are known as microbeads, and are no bigger than a grain of salt. These tiny beads are common in face and body washes, scrubs and hand cleaners.

Scientists are concerned the beads soak up pesticides and chemicals after they are washed down our drains and by the time the plastic gets downstream towards the ocean they become toxic pills.

Small fish, mainly sediment feeders, ingest them in their normal feeding pattern, in turn are eaten by larger fish and then can be caught and end up on dinner tables.

Microbeads also float on the water's surface, fish mistake them for food. The plastic alone is bad for fish health, but so are the microbes and chemicals that the beads can carry.

They also inadvertently end up in waterways because they are so small and they simply pass through treatment centres or don't even get to go through any treatment processing.

This form of plastic pollution is extremely difficult to remove, once it is in the waterways or oceans we have no means of protecting fish or other wildlife.

Up to 300,000 microbeads can be found in a tube of face scrub! Because they are so cheap and easily accessible manufacturers also use them in toothpastes.

Microbeads are petroleum based plastics, like polyethylene and polypropylene, some can also be polystyrene.

Most people think that when they feel the texture in a product, they are experiencing apricot or walnut shells, they have no idea that what they actually feel is small pieces of plastic, because a lot of packaging stresses the supposedly natural side of the ingredients.

Then onus is on us as consumers to make sure we do the right thing by ourselves and our environment. If there's no demand, supply will cease. 

There are many biodegradable alternatives already in use by responsible manufacturers, including sea salts, ground walnut or almond shells, ground apricot kernels  or pumice.

Read the label, do some research on the products you use on your body and in your homes and make conscious decisions, let's remove these environmentally irresponsible ingredients and not support the products that use them.

Logistics Status & Pricing Update | 8th Feb 2022

Further to the previous logistics update, the spread of omicron variant continues to play havoc with many courier drivers, warehouse staff, forklift drivers, container unpack crews and administrators across the country.

To make logistics even more difficulty the East-West rail line is closed due to significant flooding including to both the Eyre and Stuart Highways, South Australia.

Please allow (at least) an extra 14 business days on top of your estimated date for arrival.

envirocare earth has always worked our best to minimise delivery costs but as a result of the ongoing issues affecting logistics all online orders will now attract a delivery charge.

FLAT RATES -  WA $15.00, INTERSTATE $20.00.

We encourage you to order in bulk; saving on product, delivery and helping the environment.

Your patience and understanding is appreciated and we hope that normality can return soon.

envirocare earth

Omicron Logistics Status Update | 12th Jan 22

The rapid spread of the Omicron variant has further impacted the logistics industry. This includes many courier drivers, warehouse staff, forklift drivers, container unpack crews and administrators.

Due to the widespread impact of Omicron infections, our partnered carriers across the network are experiencing both a surge in parcel deliveries and major disruptions to their delivery services. With a significant number of people in self-isolation in accordance with state regulations and public health orders, delivery delays are expected across the network due to driver shortages, depots experiencing temporary closures and/or operating with significantly reduced staff.

This has also created some lags in tracking details being updated on carrier websites.

Please allow (at least) an extra 14 business days on top of your estimated date for arrival.

Your patience and understanding is appreciated.

envirocare earth