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Microplastics in Cosmetics: Adapting Products to New Regulations


The uncontrolled use of plastic worldwide has a devastating impact on the environment and human health, which is no surprise to anyone. In this context, the European Union (EU) has taken drastic measures to address this pressing issue. Microplastics, those tiny particles of synthetic polymers measuring less than 5 mm, have become ubiquitous in oceans, rivers, and even the food chain, posing significant concerns for biodiversity and human health.

The new set of regulations, implemented under the EU’s REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization, and Restriction of Chemicals) legislation on chemical substances, represents a decisive step towards reducing pollution by banning microplastics. These regulations, set to take effect soon, aim to prevent the uncontrolled release of approximately half a million tons of microplastics into the environment.

This initiative is in line with the EU’s commitment to achieving a 30% reduction in microplastic pollution by 2030 as part of a broader effort to promote a circular economy and sustainable innovation.

What exactly is microplastic

Microplastic, characterized by its tiny particles of synthetic polymers measuring less than 5 mm, has become an unintentional protagonist in environmental pollution and, consequently, human health. These minuscule, insoluble, and non-degradable particles are constantly present in oceans, rivers, and terrestrial ecosystems, causing a range of ecological problems.

More specifically, microplastics have come under the spotlight in the cosmetic industry, bringing with them significant challenges. Microplastics in cosmetic products are intentionally added for various purposes, such as skin exfoliation and achieving specific textures or colors in creams, to creating a sparkling effect in products like glitter. They are frequently found in nail products, glitter-type cosmetics, or accessories applied after nail polish.

Why is it important to talk about microplastics in cosmetic products? The impact on the environment and health is significant, and the new regulations adopted by the European Union precisely target this issue.

The impact of microplastics and the role of the cosmetic industry in combating pollution

Microplastics released into the environment come from various sources, and cosmetic products have been identified as a significant contributor to this problem. Synthetic polymers are integrated into cosmetic product formulations, especially in exfoliating creams. They also contribute to improving the viscosity of liquids and creating a protective layer in applied areas on the body. Additionally, they influence the emulsion properties in which they are included, helping certain solutions to mix more quickly and efficiently.

Microplastic can absorb hazardous chemicals, affecting water and soil quality. In contact with human skin, it can cause irritation, promote certain allergies, and even cancer. Thus, regulations on the use of microplastics in cosmetic products have been imposed to limit health risks and pollution. Furthermore, as these particles are incorporated into the food chain, reaching marine organisms and indirectly entering human-consumed foods, concerns for human health increase.

The cosmetic industry, aware of its impact on the environment, is now taking increased responsibility in combating microplastic pollution. Reformulating products, gradually phasing out microplastics, and investing in research for sustainable alternatives have become key priorities for many manufacturers in the cosmetic industry. It’s a complex and dynamic process where innovation and collaboration with the scientific community and regulatory authorities are essential.

Many companies, including ours, Pop ChemistProd, are adapting their practices to become positive agents in protecting fragile ecosystems.

Eliminating Microplastics from Cosmetic Products: Transformations in the Industry

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With the entry into force of the new regulations adopted by the European Union, which prohibit the use of microplastics in cosmetic products, the industry is preparing to face a significant transition. This move represents a crucial step towards environmental protection and public health, impacting the products and processes in the cosmetic sector.

The first step was the prohibition of synthetic particles, such as glitter, in cosmetic and makeup products, despite being highly appreciated for its unique effect. This change requires the reformulation of certain products and the development of sustainable alternatives that provide comparable results without using synthetic polymers, opting for natural and sustainable pigments. It is a complex but necessary process to meet the new standards imposed by regulations.

The reform of cosmetics is not just a legal obligation; it is also an opportunity for innovation and evolution. Companies that quickly adopt eco-friendly alternatives and focus on consumer health will gain their trust and contribute to building a more sustainable market. Consumers, in turn, play a crucial role as their purchasing choices influence manufacturers’ decisions and promote a shift towards more environmentally friendly products.

In addition to glitter used in makeup products and certain skin lotions, microplastics are used in exfoliating products, detergents, fabric softeners, and other categories. Banning them will require significant efforts to find and implement efficient and sustainable substitutes. How will manufacturers cope with the transformations imposed by regulations? How will cosmetic brands address this change to remain competitive and uphold their commitment to sustainability?

The upcoming changes are major and involve selecting basic ingredients with greater scrutiny, changing the formulas of certain well-established and consumer-favorite products, and even replacing certain types of plastic packaging.

However, by banning microplastics, manufacturers are compelled to find better, healthier, more natural, and eco-friendly alternatives that benefit end users.

Banning Glitter in Cosmetic Products: An Ecological Change in the Beauty World

Recent legislative changes have brought important news for the cosmetic industry, with the prohibition of traditional chemical glitter in cosmetic products, from shiny lipsticks to makeup and nail care products.

The ban on chemical glitter responds to growing concerns about the impact of microplastics on the environment and human health. Traditional glitter often contains plastic particles that, once released into the environment, become a significant source of pollution and can cause adverse reactions, irritations, dermatitis, and more when in contact with the skin. This ban aims to reduce the use of microplastics and encourage a transition to more sustainable cosmetic products.

The alternative to traditional glitter consists of products made from biodegradable materials, such as natural pigments, cellulose-based glitter, or other eco-friendly components.

Adapting the Cosmetic Industry to Legislative Changes Regarding Microplastics

It becomes clear that the new rules imposed at the European level will bring about multiple changes in such a dynamic industry as cosmetics and makeup products. However, it is crucial to emphasize the essential role consumers play in reducing the impact of microplastics. Every choice individuals make has a significant impact, and awareness is the key to transformation.

How can consumers contribute to reducing the impact of microplastics? Firstly, information is crucial. Knowing the ingredients and how they affect the environment and health can guide consumers towards more informed choices. Eco-friendly labels that highlight the absence of microplastics become an important indicator in our purchasing decisions.

Another way to contribute is to support sustainability-oriented manufacturers more, even financially, through dedicated programs. Brands that adopt eco-friendly practices and invest in innovative alternatives deserve recognition from everyone.

As a manufacturer, the importance of eco-friendly choices for us is evident. We support and formulate products designed to minimize the impact on the environment, using raw materials with no negative impact on human health and the environment, recyclable and eco-friendly packaging, actively contributing to changing the industry towards a more sustainable future. This collective commitment can bring about significant changes and influence other manufacturers to adopt more responsible practices.

In conclusion, every action counts in the fight for a cleaner and healthier environment. Through conscious choices and support for sustainable initiatives, we contribute to building a future where the cosmetics industry and the environment coexist harmoniously.

To benefit from sustainable and safe products perfectly tailored to your customers, we invite you to get in touch with us. You can contact us via email at or by phone at 0751 071 043. We are here to discuss and find the best solutions for your business.