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Thailand Bans Plastic Microbeads in Cosmetic Products

SafeGuardSCosmetics Personal Care and HouseholdJanuary 21, 2020

From January 1 2020, Thailand will officially ban the use of plastic microbeads in the import, production and sale of cosmetics.

The Ministry of Public Health in Thailand announced on December 24, 2019 that, Thailand will officially ban the importation, production and sale of cosmetic products containing plastic microbeads. The ban became effective on January 1, 2020.

Microbeads are often used in rinse-off product like facial scrubs. However, plastic microbeads do not degrade over time in water and or the environment. Because of their small size, after washing down the drain they easily slip through wastewater treatment systems before being discharged into the sea. This leads to plastic pollution, which is a serious threat to the global ecosystem as plastic microbeads can enter the food chain and water ecosystem.

At present, cosmetics already on the market and containing microbeads are permitted to be sold until June 28, 2020. Those who use microbeads in cosmetics must use natural ingredients as substitutes.

The ban of microbeads in:Effective from:
New cosmetic productsJanuary 1, 2020
Cosmetic products which are already placed on the marketJune 28, 2020


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