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.
JanuaryProposed UK ban comes into effect. Plastic microbeads can no longer be used in cosmetics and personal care products in the UK.
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.
Ireland is expected to ban microbeads by end of 2018.
In 2018We now have 46 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