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Nordic Council Bans Microplastics in Cosmetics & Skin Care Products

Published on 2017-02-07. Author :

The Nordic Council has drawn a complete ban on microplastics in cosmetics and skin care products. This consumer-related proposal needs to come into effect to make the Nordic Region a global pioneer in legislating on plastics.

Nordic Council Bans Microplastics in Cosmetics & Skin Care Products
Nordic Council Bans Microplastics in Cosmetics

Impact of Proposal


“A ban is of value as a signal to the business community and policy makers,” said the committee’s chairperson, Hanna Kosonen.

The chairperson of the Nordic Council’s committee for a sustainable Nordic Region Hanna Kosonen (Centre Party of Finland) stresses that while the proposal does not claim to be able to dramatically reduce the levels of microplastics in seas and rivers, its significance is multifaceted.

Kosonen said:

“A ban is of value as a signal to the business community and policy makers in other parts of the world. This is because it puts the adverse effects of microplastics in the spotlight and has the potential to accelerate political action and decisions to the benefit of both people and the environment.”

Sustainable Marine Environment


The report “Sources of microplastic pollution to the marine environment” says that microplastics in cosmetics result in 40 tonnes of microplastics being discharged into the sea each year in Norway alone. Comparable statistics have also been published in Denmark. Consumer and environmental organizations as well as the plastics industry itself – which the Nordic Council consulted during the process – are positive towards a ban.

Issues surrounding plastics have attracted cross-party interest in the Nordic Council recently. Although the current proposal started as an initiative of the Social Democratic Group, microplastics have also featured on the agenda of the Centre Group.

Kosonen restates that the Nordic Council’s sustainability committee is continuing to work on reducing plastic waste and the over use of plastic.

The proposal for a Nordic ban on microplastics in cosmetics will be debated in a plenary session at the spring session of the Nordic Council which will take place in Stockholm on 3 and 4 April.

About Nordic Council

Nordic co-operation involves Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden as well as the Faroe Islands, Greenland and the Åland Islands. Official co-operation between the Nordic countries is one of the most comprehensive regional partnerships anywhere in the world.

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Source: Nordic Council
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