ECHA Requests Stakeholder Input On Microplastic Use; Possible Restrictions To Follow
This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet
The cosmetics industry likely will want to steer ECHA away from leave-on cosmetics and non-cleansing/exfoliating rinse-off products containing microplastic particles. NGOs and lawmakers in some European member states have called for microplastic bans that include those product categories, which would exceed prohibitions in the US and phase-outs voluntarily undertaken by industry.
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The European Chemicals Agency’s proposal for restricting microplastic use, including in the cosmetics sector, is expected by Jan. 11. Cosmetics Europe has been working to promote a right-sized approach – ideally one that aligns with US regulations and voluntary industry action to date – but visibility is low as to ECHA’s intentions.
The Italian firm’s polyhydroxyalkanoate microspheres are naturally derived, high-performing and 100% biodegradable in water in less than two weeks, it says. Consultancy Frost & Sullivan sees Bio-on as a potential leader in the cosmetic industry’s “bio-polymeric ingredient revolution,” provided that regulations cooperate.
The future of microplastics use in the European cosmetics sector hangs in the balance as legislative efforts move forward in line with the Commission’s Plastics Strategy released in January. A key question is whether next-generation, biodegradable plastics will get caught up in any bans that transpire, limiting manufacturers’ options and dashing the hopes of emerging producers with cosmetic interests.