A lot of cosmetic preparations use micro plastic particles synthetic polymer.
The microbeads are used for the manufacture of scrubs, they are so small that they can not be filtered by wastewater treatment and they’re not biodegradable.
Risks of microparticules
Ingested by aquatic animals they represent a danger to humans and have been connected to heart diseases, brain deterioration, diabetes, cancer, and obesity ! They also transport microbes that can move from one end to the other of the planet, contaminating seabed.
Legislation to reduce microparticules
Microplastics are not only found in cosmetics, they are also components of washing powders, scouring creams, some toothpastes … Consumers should be very careful! To help them, two Dutch NGOs have created the Beat the Microbeads application that give you the presence of plastic in products.