MICROPLASTIC-FREE COSMETICS

Microplastics are tiny plastic particles, that are less than five millimeters in diameter. Unfortunately, many personal care products and clothes contain minuscule pieces of plastic. In this blog we share some basic knowledge and useful tips.

WHERE DO MICROPLASTICS COME FROM?

Microplastics are added in various products , such as cosmetics. But also as microfibers shed from clothing and other textiles, such as fishing nets. Furthermore, secondary microplastics result from the decomposition of larger plastic products—which can take hundreds or thousands of years. For example, they are visible as miniature multicoloured plastic pieces on the beach.

Picture by David Liitschwager (Source: National Georaphic)

WHY ARE MICROPLASTICS A PROBLEM?

In the oceans, microplastic pollution is often consumed by marine animals. In March 2022, researchers also found tiny plastic particles in human blood (Source: ZonMW; National Geographic). Today it is still unclear what dangers these plastic bits pose to animals or humans. Even so, many countries are taking action to reduce microplastics in the environment. Since many personal care products contain plastic, you as a consumer can play a role too.

FREE GUIDE TO MICROPLASTIC-FREE COSMETICS

We already wrote a blog post on “plastic free-guides“. But we recently discovered a new guide focused on micro-plastics. Plastic Soup Foundation, which organises campaigns in microplastics and plastic pollution, has selected over 150 microplastic-free brands. Products are divided into six categories:

We already wrote a blog post on “plastic free-guides“. But we recently discovered a new guide focused on micro-plastics. Plastic Soup Foundation, which organises campaigns in microplastics and plastic pollution, has selected over 150 microplastic-free brands. Products are divided into six categories:

  1. Hair care products
  2. Body- and suncare
  3. Facial Care Products
  4. Dental Care Products
  5. Deodorants
  6. Make-up

Download the free guide for microplastic-free products here (PDF).

Cover image Guide for microplastic-free products (Pastic Soup Foundation)

MORE MICROPLASTICS TIPS

Have you already tried to use a shampoo bar? Or tablets that replace toothpaste?

Please share you microplastic-free tips with our community in the comment below. P.S. We are looking for personal stories, not for companies with commercial interests.

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