Goodbye to the use of synthetic microbeads in the cosmetic industry

Since the last 20 years, manufacturers in the cosmetic sector have used microplastics to make cosmetic items such as toothpastes, body and facial scrubs, soaps and gels, shaving gels, deodorants, shampoos, conditioners, body creams, foot creams, hands, solar, lipsticks, lacquers, eye care, makeup, eyeshadow, eyeliners, nail polishes, etc.

Microbeads have been used in these types of products to improve their abrasive properties and other qualities, at the same time, which, for a matter of fashion, has become a decorative ingredient in cosmetics. Microbeads are small plastic granules, which can measure up to 5 mm in diameter and more than 90% of these particles are made of polyethylene, although other plastics such as polypropylene and polystyrene can be used.

These small granules are not biodegradable or recyclable, so they can take hundreds of years to decompose. Although, in small quantities they do not have to cause significant damage to the human body, some dangers associated with its use in the cosmetic industry have been discovered, as well as others related to environmental pollution, since when we undo or clean some cosmetic products, These pass into the running water system and, therefore, flow into the seas and oceans, where they can be ingested by marine animals that we later consume. In addition, we can also accidentally ingest some microplastics present in lipsticks, nail polishes and facial creams, thus increasing the content of these toxic compounds in our body.

For this reason, cosmetic companies are eliminating the formulations of their products made with these materials, replacing the microbeads with natural elements that respect the environment, with the aim of providing customers with articles with beneficial properties, as well as reducing the ecological footprint.

At Vegstone, we are specialists in the manufacture of high quality powders from bones and fruit shells that can be added to personal care products, replacing those components that are harmful, both for living services and for ecosystems.

If you are looking for an organic alternative to replace microbeads in cosmetic and personal care products, do not hesitate to contact us for advice and information.