So, do you know if the plastic is in a shampoo or a sunscreen that you are using

Know that in a lot of skin care products and make-up, so there? It’s going to be so-so. What’s the difference?

On the labels of cosmetic products, it is not always easy to find, but there are still in the plastic. Not big ones, but small pieces of about 0.5 millimeters or less, also known as so-called.

This is so, can be found in the basismengsel some of the skin care products. For example, in a shampoo, foundation (sunscreen)moisturizer and lip stick”, tells the story of Benjamin and Hay from the Dutch Cosmetics Association (NCV).

Easier to spread, by a plastic

“They will be able to make sure that the product is working,” says Hay. “Sunscreen is easier to spread through, shampoo and conditioner is better to wash and the deodorant would be more effective.”

In addition, there is still so, that we have added to the scrubwerking. “These particles are also known as microbeads are called, are mainly found in body scrubs and toothpaste. However, this will allow you to more quickly find it in wipe-clean products”, refers to Hay-on personal care products like shampoo and shower gel.

“With the European cosmetic industry has decided to microbeads voluntarily, these products are removed. This will be done in phases. By 2020, they should be there is gone.” Currently, 98 per cent of its products are free from these plastics, which are to be replaced by natural ingredients, such as vruchtenpitten, sand, and crushed the bamboo.

So, come on in, the water is

With the use of the shower, and the dishes come out so in the water. The NCV would like to underline that the cosmeticawereld according to recent research, only 0.3% (35 000 tonnes), contributing to the total amount of plastic in the seas and oceans and ends up (to 12.2 million tonnes in total).

“”As an alternative to microbeads to be vruchtenpitten, sand, crushed bamboo, and chilizaden used to.”
Kirsten Palland, MilieuCentraal

According to Hay, which is a 0.3 a low rate. Jeroen Dagevos of the organization the Plastic Soup Foundation can be found, still all plastic for the product shall: “Microbeads are now only a washable products, and more. However, there is a possibility that the microbeads in leave-on products, such as sunscreen even in the water.”

Dagevos tell you some of the lipsticks are literally microplastic on your lips, and spread. “That has been added so it will last for a long time to sit. Maybe you are taking it in. It seems to me that you, as a consumer, would like to know what the impact is.” According to Hay, are cosmetic products before they go on the market and are extensively evaluated for safety.

So, out of sunscreen in the marine environment. (Image: 123RF)

In ten to twenty years, not made of plastic, more of cosmetics

So, as in the microbeads can be replaced by natural materials, is set to Dagevos. But the NCV’s so easy not to. “There is still no worthy replacement is found. Some of the produce would have to be completely re-designed to be.”

The NCV says, that the manufacturers of the measures it will have to take that as more is known about the effects of microplastics on the environment and human health. “But at this moment in time, there is still a lot of confusion, for this reason, it is not a point of view on it.”

Dagevos expect there to be about ten-to-twenty years is not a plastic and more in a cosmetic is. “It will take time and money, but I’m sure it’s going to change.”

How do you opt for the product without the plastic?

Anyone who is not a plastic at his or her cosmetic wants, you will need to look for. “On the basis of his plastics, in polymer, but not all polymers are plastics,” says Hay.

Dagevos, it is not more of it: according to him, it is the polymer that is non-plastic and let’s be frank will never be tested on the standards for chemical substances in Europe, also known as REACH, is mentioned. The Plastic Soup Foundation has made lists of where all 550 of polymers and plastics to stand up.

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The voorlichtingsorganisatie the Environment, which have a variety of questions, receiving from the consumer, who would like to know more about the micro plastics from their products, tips for the site or the app ‘ Beat the Microbead.

“You can look at the labels,” says a spokesperson Kirsten Palland. “Such as Ecocert, Organic & Natural, NaTrue, Cosmebio Bio and Eco, ASSOCIATION, and the European union Eco-label.” In addition, there are sixty brands, as well as plasticvrij are certified with the label of Zero Plastic on the Inside.


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