More Baltic, Less Plastic!

Did you know that 3 trillion plastic particles end up in the waters of our Planet every year?

One of the sources - personal care products and cosmetics. A study of the Baltic Sea shows that each year we wash off around 130 tons of microplastic particles and about 40 tons of which goes into the water.

The microplastics can be contained in shampoos, shower gels, creams and even soap.

Manufacturers add it to the product composition as exfoliating or cleansing supplements.

With wastewaters microplastics falls into the Gulf of Finland and the Baltic Sea, marine inhabitants can take it for food. In the marine environment microplastics act like a "magnet", absorbing dangerous chemicals dissolved in the water. Following the food chain these chemicals can get on our table with fish and seafood.

Recent studies have shown that the remnants of the microplastics were found in sea salt we eat. Please, try to avoid cosmetics and skin care with the following components:

Acrylatescopolymer (АС), Acrylatescrosspolymer (ACS), Ethylen-Vinilacetat-Copolymer, Nylon-6,Nylon-12, Polyquaternium, Polystyrene, Polyquaternium-7, Polyethylene (PE), Polypropylen (PP), Polyethylenterephtalat (PET), Polyurethan (PUR), Polyurethan-2,Polyurethan-14, Polyurethan-35.

Download "Microplastics – an invisible problem” booklet.

Download "Microplastic shopping guide"

The first studies of microplastics and problem of plastic contamination were carried out in the project "Plastic Free Baltic".

The project, dedicated to the problem of marine debris  and microplastics in water bodies began in April 2018. Follow the news of the project "More Baltic, Less Plastic".


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  • The nutrient load on water bodies, marine litter, and microplastics issues were discussed at the annual workshop for public river watch. This year new participants joined the network: heads of school environmental groups, specialists of additional education, and volunteers. The workshop attendees tested research methods and planned field trips to water bodies of the Gulf of Finland basin.

  • The Kit of information and methodic materials, developed within the project “More Baltic Less Plastic” includes booklets on microplastics, methodic on public researches of marine litter on the sea coast and microplastics in water bodies, public map with the results of microplastics investigations in the Gulf of Finland basin, publications on the web site and social networks

  • Know Feel Act! To stop Marine Litter

    Friends of the Baltic and Ecocentrum published educational pack "Know Feel Act! To stop Marine Litter" with the support of Baltic Sea Conservation Fund COalition Clean Baltic.

    It is adapted and translated into Russian joint product of the MARLISCO partnership. It contains 17 learning activities examining the characteristics, sources, effects and possible ways to tackle the problem, addressing it from an environmental, societal, cultural and economic point of view. Formal and non-formal educators are invited to use
    this material as a tool to develop observation, curiosity, imagination, creativity and action skills to young learners, on the topic of marine litter, and in line with the principles of Education for Sustainable Development.