Silica Exfoliating Particles as Alternative to the Global Microbead-Ban.
There is currently a political and media spotlight focused on the environmental impact of plastic microbeads, used in beauty, personal and skin care products.
Microbeads are tiny balls of polyethylene and other plastics derived from petrochemicals, including polypropylene and polystyrene. They are used in a wide range of cosmetic products, including exfoliators, shower gels, whitening toothpaste and face washes, as well as in many abrasive cleaning products.
Journalist Gavin Haynes published August 2016 on The Guardian: “…The evidence on microbeads has existed for almost a decade. A landmark study on North America’s Great Lakes in 2012 used specially designed nets to drag the surface, finding tiny polymer spheres everywhere. There are 100,000 in the average face wash, and estimates once put the number swirling down US plugholes every day at 808tn. Most end up in the sludge pile at the waste-water plant and are packed off for fertiliser. But 1% remain in solution – 8tn beads a day. These then become snacks for microscopic plankton; soon enough the big fish eat the little ones, the beads start showing up in the stomachs of larger fish, and, in the Great Lakes study, also in fish-eating birds such as the double-crested cormorant…”
Fact is that by the end of 2017, these sea-polluting polyethylene (PE) beads will be banned in several regions including the UK and USA. France and New Zealand just stated to ban plastic microbeads in cosmetics by 2018, while the Netherlands seem to have banned the beads since a few years. Some cosmetics researchers turned to ground-up peach-pits, oatmeal, ground coconut husk and apricot kernels nuts or sea salt to replace the microbeads, yet Surfachem’s PQ Silica’s Sorobosil® hydrated silica beads reveal to supply a fairer-to-the environment alternative: “PQ Silica’s easy to formulate silica particles are a drop in replacement for PE beads and have no adverse effect on the environment. Comparable in skin feel and compatible with all cosmetic ingredients, they’re an environmentally friendly change with none of the compromise.” states a Surfachem communication.
Surfachem chemicals supplier,- a 2M Holdings Limited Company, invites cosmetics experts and industry players to discover, at upcoming (April 4-6) In-Cosmetics Global London trade show, the difference that silica exfoliating particles can make.