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Choosing Greener Alternatives to Plastic Microbeads

Belinda Carli – Jul 20, 2016

Alternative to Plastic Micro beadsWith the continuing bans on polyethylene microbeads spreading around the globe, several alternatives have been developed. Many ingredient-manufacturing companies have invested in true natural alternatives to micro beads. These are intentionally made particulates specifically for the cosmetic industry.

Read on to find out what replacements are available, essentials of using them as abrasive agents for exfoliation, and factors to consider while choosing them for personal care products.

3 Comments on "Choosing Greener Alternatives to Plastic Microbeads"
Pradeep S Apr 18, 2019
Very Nice Article, covering most of thing.We all need to replace polythene beads with natural.
Adel B Jul 23, 2016
But what about pricklypears seeds, we have it, we extract oil, but the residues ( fine powder) we already use it as exfoliar (certified organic) and really smooth, also rich, and 100% natural. Think about it.
Ian M Jul 22, 2016
The article neglects to mention amorphous hydrated silica as a replacement for PE beads. Amorphous hydrated silica, such as Sorbosil BFG includes ECOCERT certified / COSMOS approved grades and are available in a range of sizes and colours. Furthermore silica grades, such as Sorbosil CBT that breakdown from large agglomerates to small particles during exfoliation are also widely used in the industry to provide a dynamic feel.

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