Well, we're a week into 2015 already (can you believe it?) and it's getting to that time in January where New Year's Resolutions start to look a little bit wobbly around the edges... Looking around at Mermaid Towers, I can see Mermaid Melusine (who resolved to lay off seaweed for the whole month) tucking into a kelp baguette! But there's one New Year's resolution that we mermaids are sticking to, and we're hoping that you might join us!
The "Scrub It Out" Campaign has been launched by Flora and Fauna International and the Marine Conservation Society, requesting that people sign a pledge not to use toiletries and cosmetic products which contain plastic microbeads. These microbeads are sometimes used in a whole range of products, including toothpaste, bubble bath, soaps and scrubs - they're so small that most of the time you probably have no idea that the product contains these beads. However, when they're washed down the drain and, eventually, out into the ocean, they pose a real danger to marine wildlife - and to us mermaids!
The good news is that there's plenty of organic alternatives that manufacturers can use in place of plastic microbeads, so please sign the pledge now to send the message to UK businesses that consumers don't want plastic microbeads in their products (if you sign, you can even get a free sample of a yummy organic skin scrub!). Plus, Flora and Fauna International have produced a Good Scrub Guide to help you identify which products are marine-friendly, and there's even an app you can download to scan barcodes in shops and check whether products contain microbeads.
It's so easy to avoid using products which contain these marine pollutants - so please, do sign the pledge today, and help keep our oceans happy.
Love and best fishes,
Mermaid Ondine x