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Fauna & Flora International

  The product lists for the UK are administered and maintained by Fauna & Flora International (FFI) as part of its Good Scrub Guide initiative. FFI is an international biodiversity conservation group which acts to conserve threatened species and ecosystems worldwide, choosing solutions that are sustainable, based on sound science and take into account human needs.

Through its microplastic work, FFI is working constructively and collaboratively with businesses to improve policies and practice that ultimately reduce direct sources of marine microplastic pollution. FFI is playing an active role in the international Beat the Microbead campaign and works closely with the Marine Conservation Society, Greenpeace UK and the Environmental Investigation Agency in the UK, as part of a UK microbeads coalition.

In September 2016, the UK government declared its intent to ban the use of microbeads in personal care and cosmetic products and is due to undertake a consultation with UK stakeholders as part of this process. Whilst this legislative development is underway, FFI has temporarily removed the UK product lists from the Beat the Microbead campaign page.

If you are interested in finding out about the UK product lists, please direct your question to: goodscrubguide@fauna-flora.org

You can view the statements that have been provided to us by companies declaring their commitment to end microplastic ingredient use here.

We encourage all companies producing personal care and cosmetic products to consider their policies relating to microplastic* ingredient use. We would actively support policies that:

  1. Place a restriction on the use of all microplastic ingredients
  2. Apply to all ‘down the drain’ products’
  3. Have no exemption for non-marine-tested synthetic solid ingredients
  4. Do not exempt plastic ingredients below a certain size
  5. Are implemented within an ambitious timeframe
  6. Apply to all brands in a company’s portfolio
  7. Apply to all future formulations of products

*Microplastics are defined as: ‘Solid phase materials that are insoluble in water, synthetic, non-degradable (e.g. according to standardized tests), made from plastic and measure less than 5mm in size’ (note: there is no set no lower size limit). (UNEP Report Plastic in Cosmetics, 2015)

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