This week, I asked my friends on Facebook who was vegetarian or vegan, and I got a load of responses – thank you, if you were one of them.
I have been slowly messaging each person back to see what prompted their shift to becoming a vegetarian/vegan, and have loved learning about their reasons.
What I found interesting, is that several people posted that they were pescatarians and they ate fish and seafood; some all the time, and other occasionally. That is absolutely fine with me, as I firmly believe that everyone should be respected for their decision.
I think most people who choose to stay away from red meat and instead opting for fish or seafood, do so because of health reasons. And then, this news made me think …
What has caught my eye this week is the plan from the Environment Secretary to ban microbeads from cosmetic products like face scrubs, toothpastes and shower gels.
Yay! That’s fantastic news!
But, hang on ….
What about washing detergents and other household products that also contain microbeads?
There’s as many as 550 million microbeads being dumped into UK seas everyday! Over 680 tonnes are used in the UK alone every year. That is way more than all of the litter we pick up on our beaches in voluntary beach cleans each year.
This really is pointless plastic pollution, and what does this have to do with pescatarians? Basically, these microbeads can pass through the whole sewage system. 663 million species of marine wildlife are affected by plastics (do you want to ingest plastic??), and one single plastic particle can absorb 1 million times more toxic chemicals than the water around it.
Basically, plastics and toxic chemicals end up in the seafood on your plate.
In the bigger picture, if you don’t want to eat plastics, please consider the products you use and what you discard.
If we all did our little bit, it adds up and will make a difference.
Till next time … ASx