The new rules ban not only makeup products, but also many other products that contain glitter. This initiative aims to combat the negative effects of microplastics on the environment and human health. Make-up, lip and nail products will gradually be subject to the new rules; The shimmer found in rinse-off products will be available until the 16th. October 2027, and in products that are not left until 16 October 2029 In 2030 synthetic polymer microparticles used for fragrance encapsulation will be banned. 2031. the ban will apply to granules for filling synthetic surfaces in sports facilities. Finally, in 2035. In 2018, the ban will be extended to lipsticks, nail polishes and make-up products.

This decision is part of the European Union’s strategy to combat pollution and ecological transition. The European Commission explains that the new rules aim to prevent the release of around half a million tons of microplastics into the environment. Although glitter makes up a relatively small part of the total pollution, its removal is of utmost importance. Virginijus Sinkevičius, Commissioner for the Environment, Oceans and Fisheries, argues that banning the deliberate addition of microplastics is a response to serious environmental and human health concerns. Sinkevičius points out that these materials are already present in nature, as well as in food and drinking water.

The ban does not apply to glitter made from biodegradable, organic or water-soluble materials.

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