A green solution to the plastic microbead ban

Blagden has the perfect solution for formulators looking for an alternative to plastic microbeads which are to due to be banned from cosmetics by the end of 2017.

Blagden Specialty Chemicals can supply cellulose Natural Exfoliato™ spheres, an environmentally-friendly alternative to plastic microbeads, which are hard in bulk and remain hard in formulation. The biodegradable spheres are ideal for scrub applications for face and body skin treatments, and are manufactured by Umang, one of the world’s largest producers of such beads.

Concerns over plastic microbeads have been growing as these products, which do not biodegrade, end up in oceans where they are swallowed by marine life. The US was the first country to announce it would ban microbead use in cosmetics. Then, in September, the UK government followed with plans to ban their use in cosmetics and cleaning products by the end of 2017.

In fact the Cosmetic, Toiletry and Perfumery Association indicates the industry is already responding to the issue with members reporting a 70% reduction in products with microbeads since 2015 and plans for almost zero use by the end of 2018.

For more information about Umang spheres, which range in size from under 25 microns to 5 mm,

please call Mark Allen at Blagden Specialty Chemicals on 01959 560828 (mallen@blagden.co.uk), or Theresa Harrison on 01959 560826 (tharrison@blagden.co.uk).

Alternatively, visit Blagden stand 415 at SCS Formulate where Umang products will be available.

For more information, contact Mark Allen at Blagden on 01959 560828 (mallen@blagden.co.uk) or Theresa Harrison on 01959 560826 (tharrison@blagden.co.uk).