Neal’s Yard is up there with my favourite ever brands, so when they contacted me to tell me about World Oceans Day and that they are the first UK brand to be “Look for the Zero” certified I was super interested and keen to find out more.
“Look for the Zero” is a campaign that’s been running since 2012 with the aim to stop companies using plastic microbeads in cosmetic products, as they eventually end up polluting our oceans.
I really don’t like the thought of my children (when I have them!) being left with rubbish plastic-polluted seas! We all need to look after our planet and start thinking long term.
So some of you might be wondering what on earth microbeads are! They’re basically bits of plastic that are in many products, usually for exfoliation purposes, which ends up down our plugs and on a journey towards the oceans. So right now we’re basically filling our oceans with plastic and poor little (or big!) fishies are eating them, which means the food chain is being polluted! The crazy thing is that the plastic really doesn’t need to be in the products, and Neal’s Yard have proven that.
You mainly find microbeads in scrubs, and Neal’s Yard have very kindly sent me their Nourishing Melissa Hand Polish so I could test it out to prove that products can be just as effective without plastic microbeads.
The polish made my hands super soft and silky, and it certainly was nourishing! It was so nice to come home from work and give myself a little hand scrub, it was relaxing to take a few minutes after my busy day to pamper my hands.
They always use natural exfoliants in their wonderful ocean-friendly products and scrubs, so if you’re looking to replace any of your current products with more eco-friendly ones you’ll have no problem. Here’s just a few:
- Seaweed Salt Scrub Uses sea salt to stimulate and tone
- Honey and Orange Facial Scrub Uses rice powder to gently cleanse and exfoliate
- Nourishing Melissa Hand Polish Uses wild rosehip seed powder to smooth
- Pumice Foot Scrub Uses peach seed and ground pumice to refresh
It just goes to show you can make a great scrub without using plastics.
I also love the fact that Neal’s Yard’s products are made in England and that they don’t use parabens, silicones, phthalates, EDTA, mineral oils or synthetic colours or fragrances. I’m so glad they’ve taken the lead and proven there’s no space for plastics in the industry.
A huge thank you Neal’s Yard for sending me the product to review and making me aware of the campaign and World Oceans Day. I know I’m going to be more cautious and aware when buying products from now on.
If you agree with this campaign then please sign the Green Peace petition below to help make a difference and get plastic microbeads banned:
Green Peace Petition: greenpeace.org.uk/microbeads
Let me know if you’ve tried any of their natural scrubs or polishes, I’d love to hear which ones are your favourites.
This blog post features a free sample for review.