Microplastics: Cosmetics

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 12th September 2017.

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Photo of Lyn Brown Lyn Brown Shadow Minister (Home Office) (Policing)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proportion of microbead-derived plastic which enters the natural environment originates in rinse-off cosmetics and personal care products.

Photo of Therese Coffey Therese Coffey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Microbeads from personal care products are believed to make up a small percentage of the total of microplastics entering the environment. European studies estimate that they may contribute from 0.1% to as much as 4.1% of microplastic pollution..

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