Small Changes, Big Impact: How Our Daily Habits Affect Microplastic Pollution

by Kiyara Thring

Every day, we engage in small activities that we might not realise have a significant impact on the environment. From using plastic toothbrushes to drinking bottled water, many of our daily habits involve the use of plastics, which can break down into microplastics and pollute our waterways. In this blog post, we will explore some of these habits and provide simple ways to make eco-friendly changes that can make a big impact on reducing microplastic pollution.


One common source of microplastic pollution is toothpaste. Many toothpaste brands use microbeads, which are tiny plastic particles that can easily enter our waterways and harm aquatic life. By switching to natural toothpaste brands or toothpaste that is free of microbeads, we can reduce our contribution to microplastic pollution.

Bottled Water:

Another common source of microplastic pollution is bottled water. The plastic bottles used for bottled water can break down into microplastics and contribute to plastic waste in our environment. By switching to a reusable water bottle and using a water filter to purify tap water, we can reduce our dependence on bottled water and help reduce plastic pollution.

Using Synthetic Fabrics:

Clothing made from synthetic fabrics such as polyester, nylon, and acrylic release microfibers when washed, which can end up in our waterways and harm aquatic life. Try to opt for natural fabrics such as cotton or bamboo, or consider using a laundry bag designed to capture microfibers.

Shampoo and Conditioner:

Many shampoos and conditioners contain microplastics. These microplastics are often added as exfoliants or thickeners. To reduce your exposure to microplastics, you can look for hair care products that are labelled as "microplastic-free" or "plastic-free". Alternatively, you can opt for natural hair care products that use ingredients such as clay or salt as exfoliants, or choose solid shampoo and conditioner bars which are typically packaged in paper or cardboard, reducing the amount of plastic waste generated.

Plastic Straws:

Plastic straws are frequently found in our oceans and waterways. Switching to reusable metal or glass straws can help reduce plastic waste and prevent microplastic pollution. Alternatively, if using a straw is not necessary, simply opting out of using one altogether can make a big difference.

Single-Use Plastics:

Many of the products we use in our daily lives are made of single-use plastics. From plastic bags to disposable utensils, these items can easily break down into microplastics and harm our environment. By choosing reusable alternatives such as cloth bags and utensils, we can reduce our use of single-use plastics and help prevent microplastic pollution.

It's important to be mindful of the small things we do throughout our day that involve microplastics. These small actions can have a big impact on our health and the environment. By making conscious choices to reduce our use of products containing microplastics and opting for more sustainable alternatives, we can make a positive change. Let's work together to create a healthier and more sustainable world for ourselves and future generations.