Microplastic Will Test EU’s Green Resolve As Cosmetics Regulatory Revision Looms
Where the European Commission and Member States land in their final deliberations on the proposed microplastic ban could reveal a lot about industry costs deemed acceptable and the level of science considered necessary to regulate cosmetics and other markets in pursuance of Green Deal objectives.
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The European Commission should extend the proposed six-year deadline “significantly” for replacing microplastics in leave-on cosmetics such as sunscreens and nix microplastic labeling requirements for makeup, lip and nail products, says the Personal Care Products Council’s executive VP of global strategies Francine Lamoriello, calling the task before industry “huge.”
The Commission’s long-awaited draft regulation extends the phase-out period for microplastic in selected leave-on cosmetics from six to 12 years. That’s a win for industry, but tens of thousands of formulations still must be reformulated in a market where suitable alternative ingredients have been characterized as scarce to nonexistent.
Governor Gavin Newsom on 30 June signed into law the Plastics Pollution Prevention and Packaging Responsibility Act, which sets thresholds and timelines for reducing plastic use and meeting recycling goals, shifting recycling burden from consumers to producers.