What are Microplastics?
The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) defines Microplastics as solid, non-water-soluble and non-biodegradable plastic particles that are five millimeters or less in size. Primary Microplastics are intentionally created as tiny particles to use as a product ingredient. In contrast, secondary Microplastics are the by-product of large plastic pieces as they break down into smaller pieces due to erosion and exposure to natural elements.
Plastic pollution of waters is a major challenge of our time. In connection with the plastic pollution of the seas, microplastics in cosmetics and skin care also subject to ongoing discussions. Beiersdorf has long been devoting great attention and commitment to this topic. We are working rigorously to replace microplastics in our product formulas and have set ourselves ambitious goals for 2020.