In addition to plastic rubbish floating in the seas around Hong Kong, chemicals found in some cleaning products or even personal care products, like toothpaste, facial cleaners and scrubs, contain microbeads that cannot be filtered by sewage treatment plants. These microbeads end up directly in the ocean, which eventually could lead to an ecological disaster.
The surface of these microbeads are prone to adhere to and accumulate organic pollutants, such as pesticides, plasticizers and flame retardants. After marine animals eat these microbeads, they either die themselves or enter the food chain and ultimately end up on our own dinner tables.
If we don’t want to harm our health, we need to start at the source and choose personal care products that don’t contain microbeads. Why not care for your skin with natural, harmless alternatives, such as almonds, walnut shells, and even salt? Now let’s hear from Dr Simon Chau, who has been promoting environmental protection and a “green” lifestyle, as he teaches us how to make natural and edible toothpaste.