Germaine de Capuccini, in its Environmental Responsibility, has eliminated the polyethylene particles (synthetic non-biodegradable material) from the mechanical exfoliating products.
The skincare firm, aware of the existing preoccupation at the European level about the use of microplastics and their possible effects on some cosmetic products, has decided to replace them with 100% natural silica particles. These are obtained with no chemical process and also have a better environmental profile and identical benefits for the consumer.
Among the effects that the polyethylene particles have caused in our environment stands out the significant increase in the superficial waters of the ocean of these particles. The marine plastic residues are an important environmental problem at the global level. There is more and more conscience in the scientific community, the governments, the industry, the media, the non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and the general public about the potential impact of microplastics in the seas.
At the international level there are several scientific initiatives to determine the physical and chemical effects of microplastics in the ocean and identify how to approach this emerging problem.
It is important to point out that the contribution of the skincare sector to the problem of plastic residues in the sea is minimal: 0.01% of the total plastic residues in the North Sea, according to available data.