According to MPs on the Environmental Audit Committee, 680 tons of the tiny plastic balls are used in the UK each year and just one shower can wash up to 100,000 microbeads down the plughole and into the world’s seas. The problem is that because the beads are so small they are not filtered out by water treatment centres, which means they escape into the sea where they can be eaten by wildlife, and then enter the food chain.
With calls for Oxford Street to be pedestrianised, the impact of air pollution and our exposure to it is high on the health agenda. Is there a way we can protect ourselves from the effects of air pollution, particularly on our skin where the impact is most visible? “Healthy skin needs clear air.” Says Martine Burford, Founder and MD of award-winning British brand Ruby Red, “Polluted air basically reduces the oxygen in skin cells and affects collagen production.” We often hear about healthy skin from the inside out but pollutants can damage your skin from the outside.