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Microbeads

Plastic Microbead Ban Signed into Law, Wins Industry Support

The plastics industry says it supports a new law that phases out plastic microbeads starting in 2017. US President Barack Obama last week signed the law, which bans personal-care products from containing microbeads and aims to help remove plastic pollution from water supplies. The law defines microbeads as “any solid … Read more »

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Adidas Shoe Uses Recycled Ocean Plastic, 3D Printing

Adidas has created a concept shoe made with recycled ocean plastic. The concept shoe consists of an upper made with ocean plastic content and a midsole that is 3D printed using recycled polyester and gill net content. The sports gear and clothing giant says the footwear shows how the industry … Read more »

TerraVerdae

TerraVerdae Achieves Commercial Pilot-Scale Bioplastic Production

TerraVerdae BioWorks, an industrial biotechnology company developing advanced bioplastics and environmentally sustainable biomaterials, says it has achieved key milestones for the economic, commercial production for its line of polyhydroxyalkanoate- (PHA) based biomaterials. These include 10,000 liter production runs of the firm’s line of biodegradable microspheres for use in personal care … Read more »

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Pharmaceutical Residue Creates New Wastewater Treatment Challenges

Pharmaceutical residue and other micropollutants are creating new challenges in wastewater treatment as well as environmental concerns. Water treatment and ozone technology company Primozone has been working with reduction of micropollutants in wastewater during the last year and has identified a need for increasing the knowledge about the problem and … Read more »

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Honeywell, Metabolix to Develop Biodegradable Ingredients for Personal Care Products

Biomaterials company Metabolix and Honeywell have partnered to develop biodegradable biopolymers for use in cosmetics and personal care products. The new biobased microbeads can replace their synthetic, non-biodegradable plastic counterparts, which have been found in large quantities in the Great Lakes. Legislation is pending to ban microbeads. Using applicable ASTM … Read more »

Crest

Crest Toothpaste to Eliminate Microbeads

Procter & Gamble, which manufacturers Crest toothpaste, will eliminate microbeads from its toothpastes, according to media reports. The beads do not disintegrate, are not biodegradable, and dentists say they get stuck in the tiny crevices between the teeth and gums, the Washington Post reports. In a statement to ABC15 in Phoenix, … Read more »

Microbeads

Microplastics Invade Great Lakes

Microplastics — likely from facial scrubs and other personal care products — are polluting the Great Lakes, according to scientific research published by the 5 Gyres Institute. The nonprofit say this is the same evidence it presented to Procter & Gamble, Johnson & Johnson, L’Oreal, The Body Shop, Colgate-Palmolive and … Read more »

Johnson & Johnson, P&G to Phase Out Microbeads

Johnson & Johnson, P&G to Phase Out Microbeads

Johnson & Johnson has begun to phase out the use of polyethylene microbeads in beauty products, and is developing an environmentally friendly alternative, after activists from environmental group the 5 Gyres Institute found large quantities of the beads in the Great Lakes. Microbeads are used in beauty products as a means of … Read more »