In an ever-evolving regulatory landscape, staying ahead of the curve is essential for companies in the cosmetics and personal care industry. At Sensient Beauty, we understand the complexities of global regulations and are committed to providing our customers with expert support. Our dedicated Global Regulatory Team is at the forefront of addressing significant topics affecting our industry, with a particular focus on microplastics.
Plastic-derived chemicals have revolutionized convenience in our daily lives, yet their improper disposal and lack of recycling have led to an environmental crisis. Microplastics, tiny particles that result from the degradation of larger plastic items, pose a significant threat to aquatic ecosystems. These minuscule fragments are easily ingested by aquatic organisms, causing adverse effects ranging from reduced nutrition to organ damage.
Recognizing the urgency of this issue, the European Commission requested the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) to assess the scientific evidence for potential regulatory action on microplastics intentionally added to products. In response, ECHA proposed a comprehensive restriction on microplastics in products placed on the EU/EEA market. This proposal garnered extensive consultation and feedback from various stakeholders, showcasing the significance of addressing microplastics in consumer goods.
As a responsible industry player, Sensient Beauty is fully engaged in addressing the challenges posed by microplastics. Our well-characterized products are rigorously assessed in accordance with the microplastic amendment’s criteria. For instance, our thickener polymers, presented in powder form, transform into gels when introduced to water. These gels do not recover their initial form and lack a defined shape during their intended use. After application, the final product is thoroughly rinsed, captured, and removed via wastewater treatment plants.
Sensient Beauty’s dedication to compliance extends beyond product assessment. We are an active participant in the microplastic working group within the EU, allowing us to remain at the forefront of regulatory developments and contribute to shaping responsible microplastic practices. As the EU commission’s draft regulation gains approval and is poised for publication in the coming months, Sensient Beauty remains committed to upholding our high standards and actively advocating for environmentally sound surface treatment microplastic practices.
With our Global Regulatory Team as your steadfast ally, you can navigate the complexities of microplastics regulations with confidence. Our in-depth knowledge, commitment to compliance, and active engagement in shaping the industry’s future make us the ideal partner for businesses seeking responsible solutions in the face of global challenges.
Contact us to find out more on our regulatory initiatives and how we continue to support our customers in their journey toward sustainable and environmentally conscious practices.