Regulation for the Cosmetic Industry to Limit or Cut Micro-Plastics From Their Products.
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Micro-plastics have become a big problem in the fact that they are making up 250,000 tons of plastic in the world's oceans. Blue fibers, ranging between 1 and 5 mm, were the dominant type of particle present. The effect is widespread, and it contributes to the death to a lot of the marine life. Thus, the known effects of micro-plastics on marine organisms after ingestion are threefold: physical blockage or damage of feeding appendages or digestive tract, leaching of plastic component chemicals into organisms after digestion, and. ingestion and accumulation of sorbed chemicals by the organism. Because plastics do not break down for many years, they can be ingested and incorporated into and accumulated in the bodies and tissues of many organisms. The entire cycle and movement of micro-plastics in the environment is not yet known, but research is currently underway to investigate this issue. As fish is the primary source of protein for nearly one-fifth of the human population, it is important to consider that the micro-plastics ingested by fish and crustaceans can be subsequently consumed by humans as the end of the food chain. In a study done by the State University of New York, 18 fish species were sampled, and all species showed some level of plastics in their systems. The micro-plastic-metal complex can then enter humans via consumption. It remains unclear how much of an impact this has directly on the health of humans, but research on this issue continues.Cosmetics industry profit from microplastics Some companies have replaced natural exfoliating ingredients with microplastics, usually in the form of "microbeads" or "micro-exfoliates". They are often found in face washes, hand soaps, and other such personal care products, so the beads are usually washed into the sewage system immediately after use. The cosmetics industry aren’t proactively trying to fix the problem but they can easily switch to natural resources including ground almonds, oatmeal and pumice.
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