Microbeads in cosmetics might already be on the way out, new research suggests

phys.org | 1/9/2018 | Staff
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As the government ban on microbeads in cosmetics comes into force, scientists at the University of Plymouth have revealed companies appear to have taken action to eradicate the tiny particles from their products.

In August 2015, a study published by the University showed almost 100,000 microbeads could be released in every single application of products such as facial scrubs.

Results - Methods - Products - Traces - Particles

But current results using the same methods has so far shown that similar products no longer contain traces of the tiny particles, which measure a fraction of a millimetre.

The current research is being led by PhD student Imogen Napper and Professor of Marine Biology Richard Thompson OBE, both of whom were involved in the 2015 study and who have described the findings as "very encouraging".

Study - Researchers - Products - Street - Filtration

For the original study, researchers subjected six products available on the high street to vacuum filtration and subsequent analysis using electron microscopy showed that each 150ml of the products could contain between 137,000 and 2.8 million microparticles.

Professor Thompson, who was made an OBE in the New Year's Honours List in recognition of his services to marine science, added:

Order - Problems - Pollution - Approach

"I have always said that in order to tackle the problems associated with marine pollution, a holistic approach is needed. That includes...
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