Chemicals & Materials

Sea turtle

How Does Plastic End Up in the Ocean?

The BBC’s Blue Planet II documentary series, which first broadcast in 2017, did a great deal to highlight the devastating effect plastic waste is having on the oceans and marine wildlife. The series showed shocking images of plastic-filled seas, which are becoming increasingly toxic and dangerous environments for whales, fish and other wildlife. It’s clear …

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Toiletries

List of Products Containing Phthalates

Phthalates are everywhere. These xenoestrogenic chemicals are found in practically everything we use on a regular basis. According to some studies they can be detected in the urine of around 95% of the global population. Scary statistics, as I’m sure you’ll agree. Linked to all kinds of health issues including endocrine disorders, birth defects and …

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List of Parabens to Avoid

List of Parabens to Avoid

Did you know that your regular cosmetics could contain certain endocrine-disrupting chemicals called ‘parabens’ which could be irritating your skin, disrupting your hormones, increasing cancer-risk and even harming the health of your unborn children? Unfortunately, these parabens are everywhere. They’re used as preservatives in almost all mainstream cosmetic products like shampoos, conditioners, toothpaste, moisturisers, shower …

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No plastics

Where Are Microbeads Banned?

Microbeads are those tiny, solid pieces of plastic that you can find in cosmetics, beauty scrubs, toothpaste, makeup and many cleaning products found in the home. They’re added to products to help exfoliate, control a timed release of ingredients, add extra bulk and to help prolong the shelf life of a product. However, these plastics …

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Plastic bottles

Is BPA Banned in the UK?

BPA is currently not banned in the UK. BPA is commonly found in the UK as well as most countries today. Currently, Britain adheres to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) BPA policy, which has ruled the substance safe for use at current levels. The UK’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) supports the EFSA policy, allowing …

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