Plastic in cosmetics is a design error!
There are tiny pieces of plastic in many personal care and cosmetic products such as sun cream and lipstick. These microplastics are so small that we cannot see them with the naked eye. Through our shower and sinks, they flow into sewage systems, slip through the filters in water treatment plants and reach our rivers and oceans. Once there, they become a part of the plastic soup. Marine animals mistake these microplastics for food. These particles also end up on our plates because we are part of the food chain.
The Plastic Soup Foundation started the Beat the Microbead campaign in 2012. The goal of this campaign is to prevent the microplastics in our personal care products from entering the environment and our ocean. We encourage producers to remove plastics and microplastics from their products and ask consumers to avoid using products containing microplastics. You can easily see whether a product contains plastic with the Beat the Microbead app.
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Recent research shows that there are many more types of plastics added to personal care products than previously thought. It also appears that some microplastics are replaced by ‘bio-based’ materials, even though these do not break down in the water. This makes it very difficult for consumers to choose plastic-free products. This is why we are turning the burden of proof around – we are asking producers to declare that their personal care products really are plastic-free.
Products that are completely plastic-free are included in the Zero product list of the Beat the Microbead website and app. We also certify microplastic-free brands with our ‘Zero Plastic Inside’ certification.
Products that are completely plastic-free are included in the Zero category of the Beat the Microbead website and app. Cosmetics brands that are 100% free of microplastics are given the Zero Plastic Inside certification.
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