As a man I must say I have never knowingly used a product containing micro beads and I would suggest this would be fairly typical of the vast majority of men who’s facial cleanliness usually goes as far as a wash with soap and a quick shave.
I can honestly say that to my knowledge I have never exfoliated my face nor any other part of my body with any form of body scrub which leaves us with the inevitable conclusion that the vast majority of plastic micro beads in the ocean must have therefore been put there by women.
How the rest of the estimated 12 million tons of plastic deposited into the sea every year get there is beyond me.
It is suggested by Greenpeace that when plastic waste is transported to landfill sites it can be at risk of escaping into the environment and even when it’s it’s in landfill plastic is at risk of blowing away and ending up in rivers or oceans.
To say I was slightly gobsmacked by the revelation that plastic blows away when it’s at the landfill site, what on earth is it doing at a landfill site let alone being allowed to escape from said site?
Why do I painstakingly segregate all my plastic rubbish making sure as much as possible is deposited in the green recycling bin if all they do with it is dump it near the sea and wait for it to blow away, they could cut out the middle man and just dump it straight in the sea in the first place.
Greenpeace have also suggested a considerable amount of plastic enters the sea from holidaymakers visiting beaches and leaving their bottles and food packaging etc on the sand directly contributing to plastic getting into the ocean.
Now I don’t consider myself to be particularly Green but I have never gone on a beach or any other tourist beauty spot and spent the day there and upon leaving have not taken my rubbish with me, nor for that matter have I ever noticed any others leaving their rubbish, perhaps I only go to the tourist sites where the well mannered people go.
Obviously the oceans are full of plastic but the Greenpeace explanation as to how it got there seems a little flawed, now I live in the country and it would seem from their description that the place should be awash with plastic detritus blowing like tumbleweed when the most I see is the occasional beer can discarded on our front lawn by a passing late night reveller walking home from the pub.
I think I may have a solution for this problem, when I collect and sort my plastic rubbish and place it in the green recycling bin be so kind as to take it away and recycle it, do not put it in land fill, do not allow it to blow willy nilly from said site into the ocean, I think this could help alleviate the problem, I didn’t think it was rocket science.