Look, no plastic!
So great to have been accredited by the fantastic 'Beat the Microbead' campaign - we're wearing our website badge with pride! Take a look at their website here, for up to date information - they've been campaigning since 2012, and deserve much credit: Beat the Microbead.
The numbers take some computing - with 100,000 tiny beads in an average exfoliating facewash, and an estimated over 800 trillion washed into the watercourses in the US in one week alone, that's a hefty toxic load polluting the watercourses and aquatic life.
There's been some really encouraging progress recently, with the UK pledging to phase out the beads in cosmetics and cleaning products by 2017, and the US and Canada already signed up to do the same. Boots phased them out in their own products back in 2014, but if you want to make sure you're not buying products containing microbeads in the meantime, look for the words polyethylene, polypropylene and polymethylmethacrylate - the chemical names for plastics. Nylon may also be listed as well as the abbreviations PET, PTFE and PMMA.