Tell the world, your soaps aren’t harming it!

(Example of plastic microbeads)

You might have seen the recent spate of articles on the use of microbeads in cosmetics, particularly soaps and shower gels. This has hit the headlines because the UK Parliament’s Environmental Audit Committee has called for a worldwide ban on cosmetic microbeads. It’s not news to us though. We’ve known about microbeads and the harm they can do to the environment for years now, and we’re not alone in that. The use of microbeads in cosmetics was banned in Canada earlier this year, in the United States last year and as long ago as 2014 in Holland.

The problem with microbeads is the impact on the environment after their use. In products that use them the average facewash contains approximately 100,000 microbeads. These are not biodegradable and after use they flush into our water system and are ingested by marine life and enter the food chain. Once that happens there is no telling the damage they do.

So we’re proud to tell you that none of our products, or the products we supply to our customers, contains microbeads. At Soapworks we use natural alternatives to microbeads such as oatmeal, ground seaweed and almond stones to name a few. In every soap we make we have two aims. It must perform as a high quality soap should and not be in any way bad for the environment. We have held that standard since 1988 and we enthusiastically join our voice with those who want to see harmful additives like microbeads banned. Permanently.

We spend a significant amount of time perfecting soap manufacturing that creates soap that is beautiful to look at and use, environmentally sustainable and meets the rigorous commercial quality standards demanded by our customers. Feel free to remind your customers that our soaps are microbead free.