Check out our timeline to find out what public and political actions have been done to put a halt on the use of microplastic ingredients in cosmetics.
JanuaryFrance introduced a ban on the sale, manufacture and import of rinse-off products on 1st January 2018.
The Canadian ban on microbeads came into effect on January 1, 2018. The ban effects products that contain microbeads ≤ 5 mm in size, which are often found in bath and body products, skin cleansers, and toothpaste.
Taiwan implemented a ban on the import and manufacture of microbeads in rinse-off cosmetics on 1st January 2018.
Proposed UK ban comes into effect. Plastic microbeads can no longer be used in cosmetics and personal care products in the UK.
MayThe Beat the Microbead (BTMB) campaign submitted to the ‘Call for evidence on the use of intentionally added microplastic particles in products of any kind’ by The European Chemical Agency (ECHA).
JunePlastic Soup Foundation invited to Helsinki as a recognized stakeholder to the stakeholder conference about 'intentionally added microplastics' hosted by The European Chemical Agency (ECHA).
New Zealand banned the import, manufacture and sale of microbeads in rinse-off cosmetics on 7th June 2018.
A sales ban on microbeads effective in the UK on 19 June 2018. Scotland introduced its own manufacture and sales ban on the same day and Wales introduced its on 30 June 2018.
Italy drafted legislation to ban microbeads in rinse-off cosmetics on 1 January 2020.
India announced microbead ban which will enter force in 2020.
JulySales of toiletries containing microbeads banned from 1 July 2018.
Sweden has implemented a ban on the import and manufacture of microbeads in rinse-off cosmetics on 1 July 2018, along with a sales ban which is to come in effect on January 2019.
Taiwan implemented a sales ban on microbeads in rinse-off cosmetics on 1 July 2018.
AugustA microbeads ban has been proposed in South Africa after microplastic pollution was found in tap water.
A citizens’ initiative to ban microplastics in cosmetics in Finland will be considered by lawmakers after the collection of 50.000 signatures.
SeptemberThe European Parliament has embraced the environment commission’s report entitled Turning plastic wastelands into fields of gold, by a huge majority.
The report advocates a ban on intentionally added microplastics in cosmetics.
OctoberFrom 1 October 2018, the sale or manufacture of cosmetics and cleansing products containing the tiny plastic particles (microbeads) is banned in Northern Ireland.
In 2018We now have 57 brands who have applied for the Zero and are part of the 'Look for the Zero' campaign. More and more brands are approaching us to get the Zero logo.
JanuaryThe New Zealand Minister for the Environment Nick Smith has announced a ban on the sale of personal care products containing microbeads from 1 July 2018.
Italian NGO Marevivo proposed a law at the Italian Parliament, demanding a complete ban concerning the use of microplastics in cosmetic products by 2019.
FebruaryThe minister for local government in Ireland, Simon Coveney, is set to initiate a six-week public consultation on a proposed legislative ban on specific products that contain plastic microbeads.
We launched our social media campaign #NOPLASTICSINCOSMETICS. We had an overall reach of 1,089,348 on Twitter for all the tweets we posted. On Facebook, we reached about 68,740 people altogether through our Beat the Microbead page.
MarchNorwegian Climate and Environment Minister, Vidar Helgesen asked the Environment Directorate for a report on a series of new measures to reduce marine litter and microplastics.
AprilAuthorities in India have passed a resolution upon the directions from the National Green Tribunal, to ban use of microbeads in all forms of cosmetics.
AugustTaiwan to ban all cosmetic products that contain microbeads from July 2018.
OctoberThe Welsh Government, launched a consultation on the implementation and enforcement of a ban on cosmetic products containing microbeads by 30th June, 2018.
DecemberThe Italian parliament adopted a proposal on 19 December to ban microbeads scrub particles in cosmetics as of 2020. In addition, Italy will be the first country to ban plastic cotton buds as of 2019.
UK government adopted a proposal by a special parliamentary commission to ban the production of these personal care products as of 1 January 2018 and their sale as of July 2018