Many cosmetics available in the Indian market contain micro plastics or micro-beads, a new study by an environment research and policy advocacy body has found. Microbeads are non-biodegradable, tiny plastic particles, that pose a serious threat to the environment, especially marine animals.
Referring to the study, Toxics Link said next time when people clean their face with a scrub or facewash, they should think twice, as they might be contributing to the dwindling fish population. The new study, “Eco Personal Care Product, Microplastics in Cosmetics”, was carried out to investigate the presence of microbeads in personal care and cosmetic products (PCCP) available and sold in India.
Different categories of rinse-off and live-on cosmetic products of varied leading brands were tested for microplastics in the study which found that 28 per cent of all the tested products contained micro plastics.
“50 per cent of the facewash products and 67 per cent of the facial scrubs are found to contain micro-plastics. Predominating micro -plastics detected in the product samples is polyethylene,” it said in a statement.
It said that microplastics in cosmetics were being banned in many countries. The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) had also classified microbeads as “unsafe” for use in cosmetic products but their use was still allowed.