Japanese chemical company Green Science Alliance has developed biodegradable resin beads to replace microplastic beads in cosmetics.
Green Science Alliance’s Dr. Ryohei Mori developed the biodegradable resins from polylactic acid (PLA).
Plastic microbeads have already been banned from shower gels and toothpaste in the UK and Ireland.
An estimated 30,000 tonnes of microplastics from consumer products end up in our world’s oceans every year.
Some of these microplastics are eaten by marine life, passing up the food chain and ending up on our own plates.
According to Green Science Alliance, its technology is registered as one of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization’s technology.