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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.

January
The petition to ban the use of plastic microbeads in all cosmetic products sold in the UK received over 13,000 signatures and will thus be considered for parliamentary debate.
February
Microbeads shall be ditched in Australia as early as in 2017.
April
The National Green Tribunal (NGT) in India sought a response from the Centre on a plea seeking the ban on use of micro-plastics in cosmetics and body care products in India, alleging that their use is extremely dangerous for aquatic life and environment.
May
340 Members of the European Parliament have signed the petition for microbead action, calling for the reduction of microplastic pollution, and for the Commission to take action on one particular source: personal care products, such as facial scrubs and shower gels.
June
Ministers of the UK government fully back the ban on microbeads.
July
Canada is planning to put a ban on microbeads. The cosmetic chain Waitrose not only abandons microbeads from its products but will also change the stem of cotton buds from plastic to paper.
September
The UK government announced a ban on microbeads by October 2017.
October
Legislative bans on microbeads have been proposed in Taiwan and South Korea!
December
Scotland will introduce legislation regulating the use of microbeads.
In 2016
The cosmetic brand Weleda (Benelux) earns the ‘Look for the Zero’ logo and is hence labeled to be 100% plastic free. Sweden and Denmark are moving forwards on banning microbeads.
December
Obama signs bill against microbeads: the Microbead-Free Waters Act.
November
Ekoplaza is our first partner that will use our new 'Look for the Zero' logo, which means that a product is 100% microplastic-free.
October
Gothenborg (Sweden) bans plastic microbeads.
September
California (USA) signs a complete ban on microbeads without loopholes.
July
Canada signs a nationwide ban on microbeads in personal care products.
June
UNEP publishes a scientific report called 'Plastics in Cosmetics.
During 2015
A lot of brands replace plastic microbeads with biodegradable beads, but unfortunately those beads do not actually degrade in the ocean either. Beat the Microbead is now supported by 79 NGO's spread out over 35 countries and we added 25 UK-based brands that are free of microbeads!
May
The Beat the Microbead campaign wins the Dutch PR Award.
Since 2014
Rinse-off products that contain microbeads are not allowed to use the European Union Ecolabel anymore.
In 2014
The Good Scrub Guide got published in 2014 by Fauna & Flora International.
During 2014
More (Dutch) brands have phased out microbeads in shops.
October 2013
We launch the international Beat the Microbead app on a convention in Jamaica. With this app the customer can scan and add products to see if they contain microbeads.
In 2013
L'Oréal, Colgate/Palmolive, Beiersdorf, Procter & Gamble and Johnson & Johnson follow the statement of Unilever and also promise to phase out microbeads. Unfortunately they don't mention an exact date.
During 2013
UNEP and Fauna & Flora International join the coalition and support the international app financially.
December
We sent out a worldwide Tweet to ask Unilever to stop using microbeads. Unilever responded almost instantly with a promise to phase out microbeads!
November
We launched the Dutch 'Plastics!' application.
August
We launched the campaign together with Captain Charles Moore to get attention for plastic microbeads in personal care products. http://bit.ly/2amSmMd
In 2012
The German 'Project Blue Sea' and the American '5Gyres' become partners of the campaign and generate a lot of publicity.

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