Nanoparticles and plastic microbeads threaten marine life

Nanoparticles and plastic microbeads threaten marine life

Water pollution by nanoparticles and plastic microbeads is an increasing problem that is increasingly concerned. These tiny particles can come from various sources, including cosmetics. Nanoparticles are often used in personal care products such as solar creams, lotions and makeup products to improve their efficiency. Plastic microbeads, on the other hand, are often added to beauty and personal care products, such as scrubs and toothpaste, to provide exfoliation or pleasant texture.



However, once these products are rinsed in the sink or shower, nanoparticles and plastic microbeads can end up contaminating watercourses, oceans and even groundwater. There, They pose a threat to marine life, because animals and plants can confuse them with food and ingest them. This disturbs their metabolism, their growth and their reproduction and cause imbalances in marine ecosystems. In addition, nanoparticles can also affect essential ecological processes, such as photosynthesis in algae, which is crucial for oxygen production and climate regulation.



Faced with these growing concerns, many initiatives have been launched to reduce the use of nanoparticles and plastic microbeads in cosmetics. Many companies have voluntarily eliminated these ingredients from their products, and Some countries have even prohibited their use in personal care products.

  1. Canada : The Canadian government has prohibited the use of plastic microbeads in personal care products, including exfoliants and facial cleaners since July 2018. No ban on nanoparticles.

  2. UNITED STATES : Several states, including California, Illinois and Colorado, have adopted laws prohibiting the use of plastic microbeads in personal care products. In addition, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued regulations which prohibit the use of certain harmful substances, including certain nanoparticles, in cosmetics.


As consumers, we can also play a role by choosing cosmetic products that use respectful alternatives from the environment to nanoparticles and plastic microbeads.


Here are some suggestions

Ingredients that replace plastic microbeads:

Baking soda
Jojoba balls
Apricot kernel powder

Ingredients without nanoparticles:

Zinc oxide
Our collection of micas, sericites, ultramarine and iron oxides

Our entire range of natural cosmetics is safe for the sea, terrestrial and human flora.


By opting for natural and organic products or in manufacturing our own products From care from simple ingredients, we can help reduce our ecological footprint and protect our precious water resources.





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