Microbead-Free Waters Act Law
In 2016, the Microbead-Free Waters Act of 2015 was signed into US law. The act prohibits the manufacture and introduction to market of rinse-off cosmetics containing plastic microbeads. The intention is to phase out the manufacture of such products by 1 July 2017 with sales stopped by 1 July 2018.
The act, which amends Section 301 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, applies to rinse-off cosmetics including toothpaste. The term ‘plastic microbeads’ relates to any solid plastic particle that is less than five millimetres and is intended for use to exfoliate or cleanse the human body.
The phase-out will also affect non-prescription drugs that qualify as a rinse-off cosmetic. The manufacture of such products will be prohibited from 1 July 2018, and sales from 1 July 2019.
THE TREND FOR MULTI-SENSORY PRODUCTS OFFERS OPPORTUNITIES TO INNOVATE IN THE PHASE-OUT OF PLASTIC BEADS
Rising concerns about plastic waste accumulating in the oceans and The Great Lakes have prompted legislative bodies and environmental groups to act. As a result, Euromonitor predicts that the consumption of polyethylene beads is forecast to decline by 2,320 tonnes globally between 2012 and 2017.
In North America, a niche trend towards body scrubs and exfoliators is emerging amongst consumers looking for affordable luxury
Natural exfoliating ingredients are excellent sustainable alternatives to plastic spheres that offer a variety of texture profiles to add new sensory dimensions to your face and body exfoliating products. Capitalize on the health-oriented trend and consumers’ desire for at-home-indulgence with our line of naturally-derived exfoliants.
Renewable and biodegradable scuba with the same high performance of Polyethylene (PE) beads. It remains stable over time and does not interfere with the color and the pH of the product; additionally, it has excellent skin tolerance.