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In 2015, the cosmetics industry across Europe voluntarily began the removal of plastic microbeads from rinse-off products, where these ingredients could potentially reach the marine environment.

When the definition of a microplastic is expanded to include any solid, man-made polymer rather than true plastics, this impacts essential ingredients in cosmetic products which have not been shown to pose a risk to the environment. A ban on these ingredients will have no impact on the serious issue of plastic pollution, and will result in consumers finding that their choice of products, and the benefits that these products provide, will be greatly reduced.

Read more about microplastics and plastic microbeads at our FAQ page.

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