Cosmetic manufacturers: Stop contributing to marine plastic pollution with your exfoliating scrubs
  • Petitioned G.M. Collin

This petition was delivered to:

G.M. Collin
Thal'ion
Ducray
Neutrogena
Clerasil
Avene
Clarins
Lancome
ROC
Biogénie
Sisley Paris
Lierac
Guinot
Swisscare
Bella Jovani
Cool Colours Cosmetics
Lise Watier
Dermalogica
L'Oreal
Vichy
Clinique
Olay
Rituals
Body Shop
SrtiVectin
Kerstian Florian
Face Reality Skin Care
Peter Thomas Roth
Sothys
Thouch of Mink
Billy Jealousy
SkinLogics
Bliss
Oriflame
Babaria

Cosmetic manufacturers: Stop contributing to marine plastic pollution with your exfoliating scrubs

    1. Petition by

      Joana Veiga

      Leiden, Netherlands

The majority of cosmetic industry (*) use in their exfoliating products tiny spherical particles of POLYETHYLENE (the most common type of plastic) as abrasive ingredient. There have been peer-reviewed scientific studies (1) demonstrating that these microparticles (up to 1 mm) are not effectively retained in the waste water treatment plants and end up in rivers and ultimately in the oceans. Plastic is virtually non-degradable in the oceans, due to sea's low temperature and light and is therefore a very pervasive and persistent pollutant. Most of us are aware of the impacts plastic can have in turtles and sea-birds but what is not so widespread is the fact that plastic just fragments into tiny bits ("microplastics") and in some parts of the world can be a few times more abundant than plankton. An emerging recognition is that the microplastics may be entering the food-chain (small crustaceans, shellfish, fish and... consequently humans!) (2, 3) due to its size and abundance, as particle feeders do not distinguish them. Microspheres of plastic represent therefore a direct input and contributor to the oceanic "plastic soup". This is truly unnecessary, as there are alternatives to the use of this compound (e.g. sugar, clay, etc) that though may not be as cheap (and may affect the plastic's industry) are undoubtedly less risky to natural ecosystems and our own health.    (*) Brands identified & verified so far: G.M. Collin, Thal'ion, Ducray, Neutrogena, Clerasil, Nivea, Vichy, Kruidvat, Avène, Clarins, Lancôme, ROC, Biogénie, Sisley Paris, Lierac, Guinot, Swisscare, Bella Jovani, Cool Colours Cosmetics, Lise Watier, Dermalogica, L'Oreal, Clinique, Olay… (1)  Fendall LS, Sewell MA (2009) "Contributing to marine pollution by washing your face: microplastics in facial cleansers." Marine Pollution Bulletin. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2009.04.025  (2)  Davison P, Asch RG (2011) “Plastic ingestion by mesopelagic fishes in the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre”. Mar Ecol Prog Ser, 432. http://www.int-res.com/abstracts/meps/v432/p173-180/ (3)  Murray f., Cowie P. (2011) “Plastic Contamination in the decapod crustacean Nephrops norvegicus”. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 62. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0025326X11001755

 

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    1. Reached 750 signatures
    2. UNILEVER has agreed to phase-out plastic beads!!

      Joana Veiga
      Petition Organizer
      Microplastics | Sustainable living | Unilever Global

      Microplastics The issue of plastics particles in the ocean is an important issue and we have reviewed the use of micro beads in our portfolio (both current products and those in the pipeline). We have decided to phase out the use of plastic micro beads as a 'scrub' material in all of our personal care products.

    3. Additional petition - "BEAT THE MICRO BEAD" Campaign

      Joana Veiga
      Petition Organizer

      Please sign also this petition:
      http://www.avaaz.org/en/petition/BEAT_THE_MICRO_BEAD_BAN_all_Cosmetics_with_micro_beads_Polyethylene_PE_plastics_inside
      On the same subject, iniciated by the Plastic Soup Foundation. Pressure is growing!

    4. Reached 250 signatures
    5. Help identifying brands and manufacturers that use polyethylene!

      Joana Veiga
      Petition Organizer

      Check the list of ingredients of face/body scrubers for "polyethylene".You'll be amazed how widespread it is...
      Post here the brand and name of product so we can build a complete list of manufacturers we should address regarding the issue.
      Thanks!

    6. Reached 25 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Brian Ong RIVERSIDE, CA
      • 8 months ago

      The microbeads are polluting all of our waterways, lakes, and oceans. Fish and wildlife digest these microbeads, which collect toxins and do not biodegrade.

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    • Katarian Kulasko LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 8 months ago

      The sea has always been important to me, as someone who lives near the sea, dives and enjoys eating the fish. There is no logical reason that plastic should be in products we use to wash ourselves with. Vera Wang Princess body scrub is another culprit where the plastic is just unnecessary.

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    • Marcie Forsberg STILLWATER, MN
      • 9 months ago

      These tiny plastic particles go through the water treatment barriers and end up harming the Great Lakes.

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    • Nalani Sato PEARL CITY, HI
      • 9 months ago

      I have been using Clinique exfoliator every day for the past 15 years and just quit when I found out the beads are made of plastic. I will no longer use unless biodegradable beads are used instead. Later!!

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    • grace turner AUSTRALIA
      • 9 months ago

      Why can't people ever care for the environment for once?

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