Our seas and oceans are all exposed to a variety of threats and one of them is microplastics. About 50 years ago, the cosmetics industry started to replace natural exfoliating ingredients with synthetic microplastics, polyethylene micro-beads or micro-exfoliates, and it got worse. The smaller the plastic particles, the higher is the number of affected animals. These particles, which are found in scrubs, shower gels, toothpastes etc, pollute the oceans and threaten fish, turtles, mussels, whales, seabirds and basically all other marine inhabitants.
An interesting question was why so many species from plankton to whales, mistake the plastic for food? Scientists recently found out that ‘it smells of food’! Floating plastic debris provide the perfect platform on which algae (simple plants that can range from the microscopic (micro-algae), to large seaweeds (macro-algae) do well. As the algae break down, emitting the DMS* odour, sea birds, following their noses in search of krill, are led into an olfactive trap, and instead of feeding on krill, they feed on plastic.
Microplastics added to health and skin care products, become solid and insoluble synthetic polymers (plastics), which are smaller than five millimetres. They find their way to our waters through the waste-water and sewage plants. Other microplastics crop up during decay of larger plastics in the weathering process, by the movement of waves and solar radiation. Globally, the number of microplastic particles is now estimated at 15 to 51 trillion pieces, and accounts for only about 1% of the plastic waste entering the ocean from land in a single year, an ecological disaster!
Needless to say that RINGANA does not use any microplastics in its products, everything else is not an option.
*DMS is Dimethyl sulfide which smells awful and can politely be described as tinned corn but even though it stinks, it makes flavours taste better.