November 2015

Scoping Exercise: Options to Achieve a Phaseout of Microplastics in Cosmetics – Presentation


Posted in by Simon Hann

This is a presentation outlining some of the key findings of recent research into the quantity of cosmetic-derived microplastics emissions, and mapping this to industry commitments.

It was given by Simon Hann at the Microplastics in the Environment event held in Cologne, Germany on 23rd November, and draws upon research Eunomia has conducted on behalf of DG Environment to quantify the microplastic emissions from the European cosmetics industry.

Through this research Eunomia found that cosmetics account for between 3-4% of all microplastic emissions, which equates to around 33 billion particles per year. This would be enough to make close to 370 million bottles but is instead wasted and poses a risk to marine wildlife.

This presentation is available free of charge. Press the orange button and supply a few details about yourself in order to access the download.