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Ban plastic microbeads in cosmetics
by Sweden (Government)
We, the partners have committed to aim to ban no later than June 2020, the placing on the market of rinse off cosmetic products that contains plastic micro beads that are intended to be used to exfoliate or cleanse the human body.

It is broadly documented that ingestion of marine litter, including micro plastics can have negative consequences on the physical condition of marine animals and even lead to death. Ingestion of micro plastics is also of concern as it may provide a pathway for transport of harmful chemicals into the food web.

Both OSPAR and HELCOM Regional Action Plans address the risks posed by micro plastic pollution, within the overall aim of substantially reducing marine litter to levels where properties and quantities do not cause harm to the marine environment.

Microbeads in rinse off cosmetic products have been identified as one of several sources of primary micro plastics pollution to the seas. It has further been highlighted that this use is not necessary, as alternative and less hazardous substitutes are readily available. Hence, several actors have called on governments to ban this use.

By committing to aim to swiftly introduce a ban on these products we start the process of implementing measures that reduce the amounts of micro particles in the marine environment.
Progress reports
June 2020
- Aim to ban the placing on the market of rinse off cosmetic products that contains plastic micro beads that are intended to be used to exfoliate or cleanse the human body.
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National administrative resources
Basic information
Time-frame: June 2017 - June 2020
Partners
Finland (Government), France (Government), Ireland (Government), Iceland (Government), Luxembourg (Government), Norway (Government), Sweden (Government)
Ocean Basins
  • North Atlantic
Beneficiary countries
Finland
France
Iceland
Ireland
Luxembourg
Norway
Sweden
Other beneficaries
Contact information
Jacob Hagberg, PhD, jacob.hagberg@gov.se, +4684051545
Ministry of Envrionment and Energy, Stockholm, Sweden
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