EU Ban Looms On Cosmetic Microplastic: Time To Dig In On Biodegradable Plastic Terms?
Biodegradable plastic alternatives for use in cosmetic products were left unaddressed, and thus arguably unusable, under the US Microbead-Free Waters Act enacted in late 2015. European industry stakeholders now face the prospect of a far more extensive microplastic ban, and the viability of bioplastics to replace conventional, petroleum-based microplastics is an area in need of work.
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The trade group stands ready to make introductions to its members with biopolymer programs as cosmetics manufacturers face a potential ban on non-biodegradable microplastic use under the European Chemicals Agency’s restriction proposal.
The European Chemicals Agency’s Risk Assessment Committee has adopted its opinion backing the agency’s proposal to ban use of intentionally added microplastics in cosmetics and other products. The Committee for Socio-economic Analysis similarly supports the measure with a draft opinion issuing soon for consultation, according to the ECHA’s 10 June update.
Cosmetics Europe’s Director-General John Chave discusses next steps in the European Union’s proposed drive to ban manufactured microplastic in all cosmetic products. Industry continues to fight for something more proportionate, but it’s up against powerful forces in today’s European theater.