Microplastics are very small pieces of plastic that are almost invisible to the naked eye. The largest source of microplastics is plastic waste. Other sources of microplastics are wear and tear of car tyres and wear and tear of synthetic clothing when wearing and washing. These are 'secondary microplastics'. So-called 'primary microplastics' come from products we use every day: cosmetics, personal care products and cleaning and washing products.
Source: Plastic Soup Foundation, WUR.nl
Microplastics are present in growing quantities in our oceans. The particles end up in surface water via wastewater. Although microplastics are almost invisible, they do have consequences for the ecosystem. Microplastics can be ingested by marine animals and thus enter the human food chain.
Source: RIVM, European Parliament
What can you do?
Use cosmetics that are free of microplastics. How do you know if a product is free of microplastics? You can check products with the app 'Beat the Microbead'. Did you know that we sell more than 1500 products that are free of microplastics? There are also several labels you can look for.
Cosmetics with one of these labels are microplastic free:
- European Ecolabel
- Cosmos Organic
- Nordic Ecolabel
- Zero plastics inside