Plastic in Cosmetics

Are We Polluting the Environment through our Personal Care? Plastic Ingredients that Contribute to Marine Microplastic Litter

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Litter is found in all the world’s seas and the ocean, even in remote areas far from human activities. The continuous growth in the amount of solid waste thrown away and the very slow degradation rate of most litter items result in the accumulation of marine litter at sea, on the sea floor and in coastal areas. Marine litter2 is a major global environmental problem which the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has been actively addressing through the Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-based Activities (GPA) as well as the Regional Seas Conventions and Action Plans. This paper addresses the questions on plastic materials being used as PCCP ingredients, as well as which ingredients are relevant for the marine litter debate. It also aims to introduce an emerging marine litter-related issue for further discussion and possible action by stakeholders.

Sustainable Development Goals:
Related Subject(s): Environment and Climate Change

Table of Contents



Defining the plastic ingredients

Plastic ingredients as potential environmental pollutants

Potential human health effects

Discussion and conclusions


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