Petitioning Ducray and 34 others

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


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

 

Letter to
Ducray
Olay
Rituals
and 32 others
Body Shop
SrtiVectin
Kerstian Florian
Face Reality Skin Care
Peter Thomas Roth
Sothys
Thouch of Mink
Billy Jealousy
SkinLogics
Bliss
Oriflame
Babaria
G.M. Collin
Clinique
Vichy
L'Oreal
Neutrogena
Clerasil
Avene
Clarins
Lancome
ROC
Biogénie
Sisley Paris
Lierac
Guinot
Swisscare
Bella Jovani
Cool Colours Cosmetics
Lise Watier
Dermalogica
Thal'ion
I just signed the following petition addressed to: 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, Rituals and Body Shop.

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Stop using plastic microspheres in your exfoliating products

The majority of cosmetic fabricants use in their exfoliating products tiny spheric particles of polyethylene (the most common type of plastic) as abrasive ingredient. There have been peer-reviewed scientific studies 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 tinny bits ("microplastics") and in some parts of the world can be a few times more abundant than plancton. An emerging recognition is that the microplastics may be entering the food-chain (small crustaceans, shellfish, fish and... consequently humans!) 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 trully unecessary, 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 undoubtly less risky to natural ecosystems and our own health.
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Sincerely,