EU Parliament Backs Cosmetic Microplastic Ban; Rite Aid Unveils Chemicals Policy; News In Brief
This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet
Rite Aid joins the growing club of retailers with chemicals policies; EU lawmakers vote in support of a proposed ban on cosmetic microplastic use; Monat continues to battle class action litigation; Nestle is exploring strategic options for its Skin Health business.
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Eighteen plaintiffs seeking nationwide class certification may proceed with their suit alleging that Monat hair-care products, deceptively advertised as anti-aging solutions, actually cause hair loss. A US district judge on 23 October largely denied Monat’s motion to dismiss, while noting that plaintiffs may have difficulty proving that the company’s products are to blame for their injuries.
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.