Home FAQAre manufacturers phasing out microplastic ingredients from cosmetics?

In December of 2012, Unilever was the first multinational to announce the phasing out of plastic microbeads from their products worldwide. Other multinationals soon made similar statements. However, the industry uses many loopholes, such as using so-called ‘biodegradable’ alternatives (see Plastic Soup Foundation’s opinion on biodegradable plastics). Most company statements do not refer to the many microplastic ingredients they still use.