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The ban of Glitter in Cosmetic Products according to the European Commission

Updated: Oct 19, 2023

The European Commission, in a new press release, informed that the first measures, such as the ban on loose glitter and microbeads, will be implemented when the restriction comes into force on October 15. This has created alarm in the sector, as it was considered that the mentioned products were ipso facto banned as of the indicated date.

he ban of Glitter in Cosmetic Products according to the EU
On September 27, the European Union published in its official journal Regulation (EU) 2023/2055, which introduces amendments to Annex XVII of Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 (REACH) regarding microparticles of synthetic polymers.

This regulation prohibits, among others, microplastics intentionally added to cosmetic products. Among the products affected are exfoliants and products with glitter or glitter, many of them in the area of make-up.

However, the European Commission has made this clarification:

It is ratified that the marketing of plastic glitter in products subject to a transitional period as set out in section 6 of the Annex to Regulation (EU) 2023/2055 will not be subject to a ban until the completion of that transitional period.

Cosmetic products containing synthetic polymer microparticles (excluding microbeads) and glitter may be placed on the market during specific transitional periods as set out in section 6 of the restriction until the following cut-off date:

  • As of Oct 16, 2027, rinse off cosmetics must comply with the regulations set forth in section 6b.

  • As of Oct 16, 2029, leave on cosmetics must comply with the regulations set forth in section 6d.

  • As of Oct 16, 2030, makeup, lip and nail products must comply with the regulations set forth in paragraph 6c.

  • As of October 17, 2031, makeup, lip and nail products must carry a label indicating the presence of microplastics in order to continue to be sold until October 16, 2035.

The Glitter Ban: What It Means for Consumers

The glitter ban introduced by the European Commission has brought significant changes to the market. As of October 17, the sale of non-biodegradable, insoluble plastic glitter, including decorative, craft, and glitter used in toys and textiles, is no longer permitted. However, consumers need not despair, as there are alternatives available. Biodegradable, soluble, natural, or inorganic glitter is still allowed and can be found in various products. We'll dive deeper into these eco-friendly glitter options and discuss their benefits.

Cosmetic Industry's Transition to Sustainable Sparkles

The cosmetic industry, which often relies on glitter for its products, has been at the forefront of finding sustainable solutions. Cosmetic companies have made significant strides in creating biodegradable glitter products that maintain the sparkle without the environmental drawbacks. Some cosmetic products with traditional glitter have been granted a moratorium, allowing them to be sold during a transitional period. We'll explore the advancements in the glitter field within the cosmetics industry and what consumers can expect from glitter-infused cosmetic products in the coming years.

A Global Effort to Curb Microplastic Pollution

The European Commission's decision to restrict microplastics is driven by a pressing need to combat the release of microplastics into the environment.

An estimated 42,000 tonnes of microplastics intentionally added to products are released in the EU each year, leading to widespread contamination of the seas and oceans. We'll discuss the environmental implications of this decision and how it aligns with global efforts to reduce microplastic pollution.

The Commission's goal to prevent the release of approximately half a million tonnes of microplastics into the environment and protect our ecosystems and food chains will be explored in detail.

In conclusion, the European Commission's ban on non-biodegradable plastic glitter is a significant step toward a more sustainable future. It is driving innovation and promoting the use of eco-friendly alternatives, ensuring that sparkle doesn't come at the cost of our environment. This change not only affects the glitter industry but also aligns with the broader mission to protect our planet from the detrimental effects of microplastic pollution.


However, all of the above-mentioned products subject to the immediate ban, if introduced to the market before October 17, 2023, need not be withdrawn from the market.

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