The Kingdom of Thailand officially enforced a ban on the
use of plastic microbeads in cosmetic products on January 1, 2020.
The ban, announced by the Ministry of Public Health on
December 24, 2019, applies to the importation, production and sale of cosmetic
products. Products that are already placed onto the market can be sold until June
28, 2020. After this date, the ban will also apply to them.
Microbeads are a common addition to rinse-off products,
such as facial scrubs. They are washed down the drain and, because they are
small, they can easily slip through water treatment systems, thereby ending up
in the sea. Made from plastic, they do not degrade in water or the environment
and, once they are in the environment, they quickly enter the food chain and
Manufacturers who use microbeads are advised to now
replace them with substitutes made from natural ingredients.
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