Microplastics are fine particles of plastic no larger than 5mm.
Microplastics have sometimes been added to cosmetic and personal care products such as scrubs or toothpastes, as exfoliating beads, emulsifiers or glitter.
Two examples of microplastics are Polyethylene (PE) and Polyethylene terephthalate (PET).
These microplastics are not biodegradable and can accumulate in our streams of water. They thus participate in plastic pollution of oceans. They have been forbidden in some countries, but some products still contain them.
Flamingo by Skintifique, the free platform designed to help anyone find personal care products that meet one's safety and ethics criteria is able to identify over 100 microplastics and their name variations.
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