INTERNATIONAL CAMPAIGN AGAINST MICROBEADS IN COSMETICS

Industry

Companies that have pledge to stop using microbeads

Introduction

After Unilever announced in December 2012 that all of its products worldwide would be plastic free by 2015, other multinationals started following suit. The Dutch Cosmetics Association informed the Dutch government that Beiersdorf, Colgate-Palmolive and L'Oréal were stopping the use of microbeads. Two other multinationals have issued similar statements. Procter & Gamble replied to a letter from 5Gyres, Marine Conservation Society and Fauna & Flora International, saying that their products would only be free from microbeads by 2017 at the earliest. Johnson & Johnson said it has already started phasing out microbeads and was no longer developing products containing microbeads.

Waste Free Oceans, the organisation established by the European Plastic Recycling Industry to clear plastic from coastal waters, issued a press release in January 2013, congratulating Unilever 's decision to eliminate microplastics from all of its personal care products. Waste Free Oceans called this a very important initiative that will greatly benefit the quality of the oceans and seas. The organisation called on other cosmetics producers to also shoulder responsibility and follow Unilever’s example "to avoid the use of micro plastics in their products and carefully consider their design in order to facilitate a positive impact within the biological chain."

 

Selected statements from companies halting the use of micro plastics:

 

  adidas We are happy to confirm that as of January 1st, no adidas body care product is produced using microbeads in its formula. We can confirm that the statement includes adidas personal care products in worldwide production. (e-mail 03/05/2016). http://www.adidas.nl/

Albert Heijn Albert Heijn is part of the Royal Ahold group. In an e-mail from June 2016, the Royal Ahold stated that "All Albert Heijn and Etos own-brand products are free from microbeads." (June, 2016) www.ah.nl


Ali Mac Skincare "Ali Mac Skincare Ltd produce a beautiful range of Natural and Organic Skincare whose product range ingredients are entirely free from all solid microplastic ingredients. Ali Mac Skincare’s entire product range was developed with an awareness and have always been free from microplastic ingredients and will always be free from microplastics." www.alimacskincare.com 

All natural Soap "ALL NATURAL SOAP Co. always has been and always will be entirely opposed to the use of plastics and microplastics in its soap products. Our entire soap range is not only 100% plastic free; all our soaps and the exfoliating agents we use are also totally biodegradable. Examples of the scrubbing particles weuse a re poppy seeds, carrot powder, various seaweeds and flower petals." www.allnaturalsoap.co.uk 

ARK In an e-mail from June 2016, ARK stated that: "We at ARK Skincare are proud that we do not include microbeads in our products, and support the campaign to remove them from cosmetics. Our new exfoliator is revolutionary triple effect exfoliator with physical, fruit acid and enzymatic action to create exceptionally smooth skin without the need for the inclusion of plastics." (June 2016) www.arkskincare.com

 

Asda "We take our responsibility to the environment seriously. As such we understand the importance of removing Microplastics from all of our own brand products and have been working hard to do so. Our commitment by the end of 2015 is that all new & existing products will be free from Microplastics." www.asda.com 

avon logo "Avon will no longer use synthetic plastic microbeads as exfoliants and cleansing agents in the development of new rinse-off products such as face and body washes. Avon will also begin phasing out the use of synthetic plastic microbeads as exfoliants and cleansers from existing products as soon as they have completed qualification of suitable alternatives." www.avon.com 

 

Bath and Body Works "At Bath & Body Works, we are committed to sustainable and responsible environmental behavior. To that end, we plan to remove microbeads from our hand soaps and scrubs in 2016. For our customers who prefer other options, our Signature Collection line offers sugar scrubs, foaming hand soaps and shower gels which do not contain microbeads." (e-mail from May 2016) http://www.bathandbodyworks.com

Beiersdorf "As part of our company strategy we pay close attention to both the quality as well as the long-term ecological impact of our products. We continuously analyze new findings in these areas and discuss them, evaluate them and develop new measures based on them. For this reason Beiersdorf has decided in a preventative measure to no longer use polyethylene particles in the future in its care products and has worked on new solutions. Dependent on the size and colour of the PE beads, we mainly replaced them with microcellulose particles, a mixture of microcellulose particles and silica particles, or hardened castor oil." Read the complete statement here. 
www.beiersdorf.nl

B-Line Master logo "As a small independent British company B-Line is proud to be among the first to respond to the growing environmental concerns about the use of solid microplastic ingredients in the beauty industry. Having researched alternatives B-Line Body and Sole Exfoliant has therefore been re-formulated using natural bamboo powder to create an effective ‘scrub’ effect. Bamboo powder is our preferred alternative to microbeads, enabling us to maintain our high quality standards while helping support the Beat the Microbead campaign. It replaces our previous formulation from November 2015. We can confirm no other B-Line products have ever contained, or do contain, solid microplastic ingredients, nor will they be used in any future product development." (October 2015) http://www.b-linebeauty.com

Body Shop "All of The Body Shop Body Scrubs contain natural or naturally derived exfoliators; polyethylene microbeads are no longer being used in any of our products as exfoliating particles. In 2014 we made a commitment to replace these ingredients, which were present in Vitamin E Cream Exfoliator, Vitamin C Facial Cleansing Polish and Tea Tree Squeaky-Clean Scrub, with a naturally-derived alternative during 2015, which we fulfilled. The materials that replace the polyethylene micro beads are either natural or naturally derived and biodegradable." (March 2016) www.thebodyshop.com

Boots-Main-Logo "As a responsible company, and ahead of any regulatory changes, Boots UK stopped using plastic microbeads in the development of all new own brands and ‘exclusive to Boots’ beauty and personal care brands in February 2014. We can confirm that production of all own brands and ‘exclusive to Boots’ beauty and personal care products containing plastics microbeads has now ceased. The last products, containing plastic microbeads, represent a tiny proportion of our supply chain and these products are now being made using new formulations...” (e-mail June, 2016Boots)." www.boots.com 

annemarie-boerlind-logo Börlind GmbH strictly rejects the use of microplastics! In ANNEMARIE BÖRLIND Exfoliating Peel, jojoba wax beads are deployed to free the skin from surplus cells. In ANNEMARIE BÖRLIND BODY lind FRESH Body Exfoliator, the combination of sea salt and bamboo granules ensures gentle removal of dead skin cells. In ANNEMARIE BÖRLIND NatuRoyale Biolifting Peeling Powder, enzymes refine the complexion. www.boerlind.com

BotanicalBrandsLogo StrapDistributor RGB "As a distributor of organic and natural skincare, Botanical Brands are committed to sourcing brands with the highest ethical standards and as such all our brands have always been free from microplastic ingredients and always will be free of microplastics. In particular, Living Nature and Botanicals who produce exfoliating scrubs and masks always opt for safe, natural ingredients which will not harm the skin or the environment. This is a no-compromise issue for us and we are proud to support this initiative." www.botanicalbrands.com 

Bulldog "Bulldog Skincare For Men have never used microplastic ingredients in any of our products and we can confirm that the quality of our products do not suffer due to the absence of microplastics. Furthermore, many of our customers are reassured that they are not contributing to the growing problem of microplastic pollution by using our products." www.meetthebulldog.com 

GROUPE CLARINS LOGO COULEUR 090909 "As a leading cosmetic house, Clarins greatly values it's image as being a leader in social responsibility and will continue to work tirelessly to offer the best products in terms of safety and efficacy for our customers, together with the sustainability for our planet and our environment. We can confirm that Clarins research has found an alternative to substitute microbeads with more respectful components. The new component is Cellulose, which is 100% natural, as well as being equally efficient, perfectly tolerated and maintaining our stringent quality and safety requirements." www.clarins.com

Colgate-Palmolive In their most recent Sustanability Report (2015), Colgage states that:" ...we are improving the ingredient sustainability profile of our products..." which also means no use of microbeads. Read full report here. (July, 2016) www.colgatepalmolive.com 

The Co operative "The Co-op do not have any own-brand products that contain microbeads. The Co-op’s policy is not to use solid microplastics and only use natural or biodegradable alternatives." www.co-operative.coop 

Crest In a Twitter statement Crest declared "…that as of March 2016, we no longer have microbeads in any of our products." www.crest.com/en-us  

DA DA announced in November 2013 that it would replace the microbeads in their footscrubs in half a year. They kept their promise. Now, all DA-products are microbead-free! (September 2014)
www.da.nl

Derma e In an e-mail derma e explained that:"Our products have never contained plastic microbeads ingredients or any kind of solid micro plastic including polyethylene (PE), polypropylene (PP), polyethylene terephthalate (PET), polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) and nylon. Therefore, our brand is 100% free of environmentally toxic micro plastics and beads." www.vitalitybrands.com

dermalogica-logo  "We are aware of the growing concern worldwide regarding the use of microplastic beads in rinse-off cosmetic products, and wanted to inform you of the ways in which Dermalogica is proactively addressing this concern. Of our entire line, there are only two formulas that contained microbeads - Clear Start™ Pore Control Scrub and Exfoliating Body Scrub.These products were previously formulated with Polyethylene, which has since been removed. These new formulas were phased-in, in September 2015." www.dermalogica.com

DM Drogerij dm has fulfilled its promise and replaced all microplastics in the products from the brands Balea, Alverda and Dontodent with sustainable ingredients. Unfortunately their brand for kids 'Prinzessin Sternenzauber' still consist microbeads! (June 2014). www.dm.de

 

EccoBella "Eccobella has never used the polluting plastic microbeads. We make an excellent exfoliating product using alpha hydroxy acids. We object to the use of plastic microbeads and are ashamed of the beauty industry and the executives who authorized the manufacturing and sale of microbead-laden products. We call on all consumers to boycott the companies who manufacture and sell products containing these egregious formulas".
www.eccobella.com

 Elements "Elements Natural Skin Care for Men by Collinsworth confirm that all products produced by Collinsworth Ltd are free from solid microplastic ingredients. Collinsworth have never used microplastics in any products and can guarentee that they will never use microplastics in any future formulations." www.collinsworthltd.co.uk

Etos Etos is part of the Royal Ahold group. In an e-mail from June 2016 Royal Ahold stated that:" All Albert Heijn and Etos own-brand products are free from plastic microbeads." (June 2016) www.etos.nl

Faith in nature "At Faith in Nature, we are committed to looking after the environment and therefore we do not use microplastic ingredients in any of our products, and have never done so. Based on our principles of using the best quality ingredients that nature has to offer, we use blackcurrant seeds as the exfoliant in our beautiful Faith in Nature Exfoliating Face & Body Polish." www.faithinnature.co.uk 

Green People "Green People confirm that all of their products are free from solid plastic, and any new formulations will also be free from solid plastic." www.greenpeople.co.uk 

grupo-boticario-metropolitana In their Sustainability Report Grupo Boticário (Brazil) explains that they responded with a proposal to research alternative ingredients to the microspheres, and immediately stop its application in new developments and commit to fully discontinue its use until July 2016. This proposal is based on a petition of the Brazilian Association of Marine Debris in July 2014 which was protesting against use of plastic microspheres in products with exfoliating functionality. Read the full report here. www.grupoboticario.com.br

 

Hema Hema decided to no longer use microplastics. From October 2012, all Hema personal care and cosmetics will be produced without microbeads. It is expected that all products will be free of microbeads end of 2014 (January 2014). www.hema.nl

Henkel "Environmental compatibility was a guiding factor in our early decision to stop using solid microplastic particles…the new products we have launched in Europe since 2014 do not contain any solid microplastic particles…As of the beginning of 2016, all new Henkel cosmetic products of this type will be formulated worldwide without solid microplastic particles." Read full statement here www.henkel.com

Himalaya Wellness-1 The Himalaya Drug Company (Indian brand) declared in a statement: "We are targeting January 2017 to phase out Polyethylene from our products. We’d like to clarify that we will soon be phasing out Polyethylene from our products, to be replaced with natural microbeads for Walnut/Apricot/Oat – shell/seed powders." http://himalayawellness.com/

IKEA Ikea decides to stop purchasing of products containing microplastics and will never again include them in any of its offerings (June 2013). www.ikea.com

Johnson & Johnson  J&In their 2015 Sustainable Report, J&J promise to “no longer developing new products containing polyethylene microbeads; goal is to remove them from our products globally by the end of 2017.” (July 2016). Read full report here www.jnj.com

juniper.jpg logo "Juniper Australia Pty Ltd, has never used and will never use microplastic ingredients such as microbeads in any of our products. We stand by our strong commitment to the planet and publically make the statement that our products will always remain plastic free!" (April 2016) www.juniperaustralia.com.au

kiss the moon "Here at Kiss teh Moon, we make beauty, bath & bedside products that help you to sleep beautifully and wake up looking gorgeous. Everything we make is 100% natural and not tested on animals. Our products never have and never will use microplastics in any form. Our night-time face scrub (GLOW After Dark Face Polish) uses brown sugar as a natural exfoliator - kinder to the planet and to your skin. Find out more about our products and what's in them at www.kissthemoon.com." (July 2016)

Kruidvat Kruidvat, part of A.S. Watson Health & Beauty Benelux, decides to stop using microplastics in its own brand of personal care products by 1 January 2014 (October 2012). From June 2013, the microbead free products are available for sale. (April 2013) www.kruidvat.nl

Louis Widmer "The content of the peelings with polyethylene are adapted in september 2015 worldwide. We use now a biological degradable ingredient instead of PE." www.louis-widmer.com

L'Oréal "L’Oréal is strongly committed to improve its environmental impact and has decided to no longer use microbeads of polyethylene in its scrubs by 2017. L’Oréal has decided to gradually phase out microbeads, which is a complex and lengthy process. Hence, some products on the market may still contain microbeads. The Group is thus looking for natural alternatives that can provide the same efficacy and safety for products. L’Oréal’s commitment to reduce its impact on the environment is strong and longstanding." www.loreal.com

Loreal NL "L’Oréal Netherlands has committed to no longer deliver products containing plastic micro-beads to our clients after December 2015. We hereby confirm that L’Oréal Netherlands has taken action as promised." (e-mail April 2016) www.loreal.com

Lush The production of Lush products with PET is stopped worldwide. For PET glitter, an environmentally friendly alternative is found (July 2013). Worldwide all products from Lush are now free of microbeads. (May 2014) www.lush.com

Mann  Schroder "We take our responsibility to the environment seriously and may confirm that our products (which have been produced since autumn 2015) are entirely free from plastic microbeads." http://www.mann-schroeder.de/ 

Marks  Spencer Logo "M&S has committed to removing plastic microbeads from M&S own brand personal care products, including Formula and Pure. All existing and new products and formulations manufactured from 2016 onwards will be free from plastic microbeads." www.marksandspencer.com

Morissons "None of our Own Brand health and beauty products contain these microplastics and our Chemicals Policy prohibits their use. During our Own Brand development process we will always look to use alternative naturally sourced exfoliants that are available and approved for use within the cosmetic and toiletry industry." www.morrisons.com

Natura Nature Cosmetics in South America will replace microbeads in their care products with natural ingredients by 2016. They will use bamboo and rice as an alternative for microplastics. 
www.natura.com.br

NBTY Logo NBTY Europe promised that all products of their 19 brands will be be without micro plastics by January 2014 (October 2013).
www.nbty.com

Neals Yards "Neal’s Yard Remedies has never - and will never - use plastic ingredients in any of its products and would strongly encourage all companies to end this unsustainable practice." www.nealsyardremedies.com

Oral-B-LogoOral-B is a product of the brand P&G. In an e-mail the company stated that:" ...we understand there is a growing preference for us to remove this ingredient [microbeads]. So we have. Oral-B will continue to provide consumers the effective and enjoyable products which are designed to their preferences. (March 2016) www.oralb.com 

Oriflame "Our long-term vision at Oriflame is to become a fully sustainable company. This means living within the limits of our planet, respecting our environment and contributing to a fair society where everyone can prosper. This is why, when formulating our products, we strive to use natural ingredients that are in line with our strong environmental policies and are not harmful to the environment." www.oriflame.com

 
 

Pai UK "At Pai, we're committed to making the most ethical and sustainable choices wherever possible. None of our products ever have, or will, contain solid microplastic ingredients." www.paiskincare.com

Palmers "We are proud of our plastic free scrubs for face and body and I confirm that the entire product range of Palmer’s is free from all solid microplastic ingredients. Palmer’s have never used and will never use microplastics in any of our products. I think that the Good Scrub Guide is a great initiative. It is important to let our customers know that our scrubs are not only kind to skin but also kind to our environment." www.uk.palmers.com

Procter & Gamble "We have begun removing mircobeads from our toothpastes. The majority of our global product volume is already microbead-free and we offer products without microbeads for those who would prefer them. We have also begun identifying alternative exfoliating ingredients for our cleansing products where microbeads are currently used. We already have microbead-free cleansing products for those who would prefer them. Our goal is to remove polyethylene microbeads from all our cleansers and toothpastes by 2017." Read complete statement here. www.pg.com

 

PHB "PHB Ethical Beauty has never and will never use microplastic ingredients in any of its products. Our entire product range is free from all solid microplastic ingredients." www.phbethicalbeauty.co.uk

PZ "Products which did contain microplastic beads are reformulated in time of their target line of mid-2015. This achievement extends to all plastic ingredients across all PZ Cussons brands and product lines, inlcuding Charles Worthington, Fudge, Fudge Urban, Sanctuary Spa, St. Tropez, Carex, Cussons Baby, Imperial Leather, Luksja, Mum & Me, Original Source, Premier and Robb. It is important to note that there will still be some older products containing microplastic beads in the supply chain and these are identifiable by checking the labelling back of pack." www.pzcussons.com

Remark Group "All products of Remark Group (with the brands Zarqa, Vogue, Therme) are now microbead-free." (April 2014) www.remarkgroep.nl

etsy repcillin "Here at Repcillin, we are obliged to produce products that are not only attractive and functional, but sustainable products with the smallest possible ecological footprint which, as a result, will make the world just that little bit healthier. Repcillin brand is proud of the fact of not using microplastic ingredients in any of our skincare products and can guarantee that we will never use microplastics in any future formulations. We aren't perfect, but we do love the earth, and try to make our environmental footprint as small as we can."
www.repcillinpure.co.uk

Rituals Immediately after the start of the Beat the Microbead campaign, Rituals said it had been eliminating microbeads from its products for years (August 2012). The last product with microbeads is adapted. All products are now free of microbeads (September 2014). www.rituals.com

Santesa Santesa decided in April 2013 that their two products with microbeads should be replaced within a few months. They kept their promise. Their brand Dermolin, Clearskin and Dr. van der Hoog are now microbead free. (September 2014) www.sterkingezondheid.nl 

Sainsburys "We take our responsibilities to protect the environment very seriously which is why we led the way by stopping the production of Sainsbury’s personal care products containing micro-plastics in 2013. Following this, we expect any of our products containing micro-plastics to be sold through within the next year." www.sainsburys.co.uk

Sodashi "Sodashi does not condone the use of microplastics in personal care products of any sort: we never have, and never will, use microplastic ingredients in any of our products." www.sodashi.com

Superdrug "Superdrug launched in 2014 a new policy that no new Own Brand products, including Superdrug Extracts and B., should include microplastics. In addition we have committed to reformulate all Own Brand exfoliators, the only products to include microplastics, to remove them. This work is in progress and will be complete by the end of 2016." www.superdrug.com

Sukin "There's no grey area in regards to a commitment to sustainable skincare, and certainly no blurred lines when it comes to our ingredients. Our face and body scrubs are free from damaging plastic beads and instead are replaced with natural, bio degradable resources such as nut shells, bamboo and jojoba ester beads to form gentle exfoliation for our skin and for the earth." www.sukinorganics.com

Swisse "Swisse Wellness Pty Ltd is proud to confirm that all Swisse products across the entire skincare range are free from solid micro plastic ingredients. Swisse has never used micro plastics in any of its skincare products, and any new formulations will also be free from solid micro plastic ingredients." www.swisse.com

target "We are aware of the microbead topic and have taken steps to address it. Within our owned brand products, we have been working with our vendors to remove microbeads. Our owned brand facial skin care products will no longer have microbeads later this year. This is our first step in addressing microbeads and we are exploring ways to address it in other product categories. Our goal is to remove microbeads from all our owned brand products by the end of 2015." www.target.com

Tesco "Tesco is committed to removing all plastic microbeads from across our own-brand project range, including Tesco, Tesco Kids, Along Came Betty, My Skin and Pro Formula, by 2017. Any new formulations or new products we launch from 2016 onwards will be free from plastic microbeads." www.tesco.com

Trekpleister Trekpleister, part of A.S. Watson Health & Beauty Benelux, decides to stop using microplastics in its own brand of personal care products by 1 January 2014. The last products containing microbeads have been taken off the shelves. (October 2012) www.trekpleister.nl

Trilogy "Our brand is built on foundations of ethical, environmental and social responsibility and holds NATRUE Natural Cosmetics Certification. Our entire range of natural skincare products has always been and will always continue to be free of microbeads." www.trilogyproducts.com 

Troll Cosmetics  The Austrian company announced that all products containing microplastics will be changed. (January 2013) www.declare-beauty.com

De Tuinen De Tuinen is part of Holland & Barrett. "All products of De Tuinen are now microbead free." (September 2013) www.detuinen.nl

Unilever  "We stopped using plastic scrub beads in 2014 in response to concerns about the build-up of microplastics in oceans and lakes. We had formerly used them in some of our exfoliating products. We now use alternative exfoliating ingredients, enabling people to feel confident that the Unilever face and body washes they use do not contribute to the accumulation of microplastics in the world’s oceans." www.unilever.com

Van der Hoog All products are free of microplastics. The Dr. Van der Hoog brand has replaced all microbeads with alternatives. (June 2013) www.santesa.nl

Waitrose "Waitrose is happy to confirm that all its own brand products in all its range are free from solid plastic, and any new formulations will also be free from solid plastic." www.waitrose.com

bath and spa blue high res As a natural product Westlab uses high-grade premium mineral salt as a highly effective cleansing and exfoliating ingredient. Westlab products do not contain any synthetic additives nor micro plastic particles so its consumers can be reassured they will not be contributing to the worldwide issue of microplastic pollution when using their products. Westlab has always been microplastic-free and will remain to be so in the future. www.westlab.co.uk and www.westlab.us 

 Wilko "Here at Wilko, we take our pledge to be a Responsible Business seriously. As part of this responsibility, we do our very best to source ingredients for our Own Label products that do not harm people or the environment. And it is why we have made the decision to remove all solid microplastic ingredients from our Own Label Health & Beauty products. By the end of 2015, we are pleased to tell you that we will have removed the plastic ingredients from most of these products and replaced them with lovely, natural alternatives. By 2017, all of the Health & Beauty products will not contain any plastic ingredients at all. We are a business that is passionate about our products and we will continue to make sure that any new Health & Beauty products we share with you are also free from microplastic ingredients. www.wilko.com