The use of micro-beads in skin care products is a controversial one that I’ve written about previously here.
These tiny plastic beads are causing huge damage to the planet’s oceans and ecosystems as they cannot be filtered out of waste water.
In California alone, approximately 471 million plastic beads are released into San Francisco Bay every day.
This has resulted in The State Assembly of California passing a bill banning plastic micro-beads, with other US states and countries, including The Netherlands following suit.
CIDESCO’s President, Anna-Cari Gund says:
Plastic pollution has become a man-made global catastrophe. As a worldwide organisation we know that together our members can make a difference in helping to prevent this situation getting worse.
We have therefore issued an appeal to all our members to review the products they are using and where necessary swap the products containing micro-beads with safe alternatives.”
It’s fantastic to see CIDESCO taking a stand against micro-beads; hopefully it’s just the beginning of a bigger industry-wide movement against them.