Friday, 15 April 2016

Microbeads update - The Body Shop and Johnson & Johnson respond

Thank you for the great response to yesterday's post on microbeads.

After the post went live, there were a few questions raised on social media about other brands including The Body Shop.

The Body Shop sent me this statement this afternoon:

'In 2014 we made a commitment to replace these ingredients with a naturally-derived alternative during 2015, which we fulfilled. The materials that replace the polyethylene micro beads are either natural or naturally derived and biodegradable.'

This from in 2013 would further back that up:

Johnson & Johnson also responded last night with the following:

'In 2013, Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies Inc. became one of the first companies to commit to removing polyethylene microbeads from its personal care products globally. Our goal is to remove microbeads from our products globally by the end of 2017, having met our 2015 commitment and now having alternatives available to our consumers. As always, our goal is to choose ingredients that are safe and environmentally sound and provide consumers with a great experience.'

I'll keep you posted with any further updates.

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  1. πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ’ŸπŸ’ŸπŸ’ŸπŸ’ŸπŸ’Ÿ Yes Yes Yes!!!!

  2. Hi Caronlin

    General Question? I know Polyethylen (PE), Polypropylen (PP) are bad, why are you not so critical about other plastic (PET, Nylon-12, Nylon-6, Polyurethan (PUR), Ethylen-Vinylacetat-Copolymer (ENA), Acrylates Copolymer (AC), Acrylates Crosspolymer (ACS) und P-7). Don't know the figures, but their consumption is probably way higher since they are in many bodylotions, make-up etc.

    Because so far I thought the smaller the plastic the more dangerous for the animals and the Environment. Since more animals (espcially the ones further down the foodchain) are at risk. And I guess the stuff in bodylotions is smaller since you can't feel it.

    Or is there another difference between PE, PP and the other ones?

  3. I really love that people are so aware of this issue - do wish people in the industry and consumers also felt so strongly about animal testing - not sure why it's not so important to everyone? I know the eu doesn't test but I feel sick to my stomach using something I know is tested somewhere else in the world. The only way to make a difference is to hit companies in the wallet!

  4. I love the wording of the Johnson & Johnson reply. The Body Shop have removed them totally (in a short space of time), however J&J say they "aim" to have them removed by end of 2017...

  5. I would like to question the reliability of that statement by The Body Shop. I've been looking in to buying their Tea Tree Squeaky Clean scrub. If you look on their website, the ingredients state that it has polyethylene (Opacifier). So, have they truly eradicated it from their products?

    1. I imagine they need to update inci lists. But as an aside, I wouldn't recommend that product.

    2. I found polyethylene in their Vitamin C Facial Cleansing Polish, too :/

    3. I have since gone in store and I did check the ingredients for the Tea Tree Scrub and could not see polyethylene on the ingredients on the packet. They need to update their lists online though as I do predominantly buy through their website as opposed to online.

  6. I was horrified when I recently bought a glycolic exfoliater from Nip+fab to find that polyethylene was the second ingredient. That will teach me to check the ingredients first. Went straight in the bin where at least it will help heat the houses in Copenhagen.

  7. Why does everyone think 'biodegradable' automatically translates to 'not harmful for the environment'? For example, I was interviewing owners of a skeet shooting range for work. They explained that they use clay disks instead of the biodegradable options because as the pieces of the disks would collect on the ground, the biodegradable ones would kill any green grass growing under/around it. Hmmm seems funny for something that we equate to being better for the environment to do. But maybe that's just me. I like a sugar scrub and bring on the acid!

    As this is my first comment (and the above wasn't exactly sunshine and giggles) had to say - Caroline, thank you so much for all that you've shared. I am truly grateful. I wish I could meet you! Please post if you ever have an event in the US East Coast!

  8. πŸ‘ good to see they are paying attention and doing something about it!

  9. Caroline, thank you for bringing this important issue up and using your platform as a force for good.