Cosmetics companies failing on microbead labelling

The cosmetics industry should clearly label products containing microbeads or face new rules from government, a cross-party group of MPs said.

Publishing the results of its inquiry into the environmental impact of microplastics, the commons Environmental Audit Committee concluded that they must be banned from cosmetics. 

Microbeads are small solid plastic particles found in personal care products that pose an environmental hazard for aquatic animals and potentially human health. The MPs noted that most large cosmetics companies have made voluntary commitments to phase them out by 2020, but said that this was not universal nor the approach adopted consistent. Instead it wants a national ban by the end of 2017. This would give consumers more confidence and prevent responsible companies being undercut, the MPs argued.

Committee chair Mary Creagh said: ‘The microbeads in scrubs, shower gels and toothpastes are an avoidable part of this plastic ...

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