Made for Life Organics is handmade in the heart of Cornwall, surrounded by some of the UK's most beautiful coastline. Most of our team are regular beach and ocean users. Whether it’s enjoying beach days with the family or surfing, the coast is such an important part of our lives and keeping our oceans and beaches clean and protected is an issue which is very close to our heart.

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At Spiezia Organics we make 100% organic skincare products which are designed to enter and leave the body safely – derived from nature to go back to nature. 

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Thousands of harmful toxic chemicals make their way daily from our sinks, showers and toilets into the sewage system, which are designed to strip the sewage effluent of harmful pathogens. They are not set up to treat or remove many of these chemicals, which subsequently end up in our water-courses and marine environment.

Check out the worst chemical offenders here, most of them derive from the run off cosmetics, shower and skincare products. These chemicals are absorbed by the body both in standard use or coming into contact the run off that is released into our water systems - the high levels of toxicity created can have serious effects to the immune and reproductive systems along with increasing the risk for many diseases.

At Spiezia Organics, we use absolutely no synthetic chemicals at all!

Plastic marine litter can also adsorb toxic chemicals, becoming increasingly harmful over time and often entering the food chain when mistaken for food by fish, seabirds, marine mammals and other organisms. This is why all of our packaging and cartons that goods are supplied in are recyclable.

The vast majority of marine litter is plastic, which never truly breaks down. Experts suggest plastic left in the environment will be with us in some microscopic form many thousands of years later.

Alarmingly, over the past 15 years the amount of marine litter washing up on UK beaches has almost doubled. Typical examples of marine litter include waste from beach users, sewage-related debris, medical waste, shipping debris and fishing waste.

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Here are some facts from the lovely people at Surfers Against Sewerage…

  • - A plastic bottle may persist in the marine environment for more than 450 years if left on a beach
  • - 37.4% of marine litter comes directly from the public! Clean up after yourself at the beach
  • - Over 100,000 marine mammals and 1 million seabirds die every year from ingestion or entanglement in litter
  • - In 2011, UK businesses issued plastic bags at a rate of 254 a second
  • - 7.6 billion thin-gauge plastic bags were issued in the UK in 2011
  • - 4.5 trillion cigarette butts litter the environment every year
  • - Cigarette butts contain toxins such as cadmium, lead and arsenic, polluting up to 8 litres of water
  • - Combined Sewer Overflows should only discharge a maximum of 3 times per bathing season
  • - Over 30,000 combined sewer overflows discharge untreated sewage into UK rivers and beaches
  • - The UK's world-class south coast surf spot Broad Bench is off limits for up to 228 days a year
  • - A bather has a 1-in-7 chance of contracting gastro-enteritis at a beach meeting European water quality standards

So what can you do to help? BE AWARE. BE PROACTIVE.

Support Surfers Against Sewage – SAS is an environmental charity protecting the UK’s oceans, waves and beaches for all to enjoy safely and sustainably, via community action, campaigning, volunteering, conservation, education and scientific research.

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Join an SAS beach clean... SAS organise hundreds of beach cleans and mobilise many thousands of volunteers annually, removing many tonnes of this harmful marine litter.

There are loads of ways to get involved and lots of great information at www.sas.org.uk