Microplastics are solid synthetic polymer (plastic) particles, insoluble in water. Due to their small size (<5mm) they often pass through sewage water filtration systems and can pollute waterways; microplastics impact the food chain as they can be ingested by marine organisms. Cosmetics/personal care products account for 2% of microplastic pollutants in the ocean*. Ahead of legislations, Watsons Personal Care Store have banned the use of microplastic in rinse-off Watsons Own Brand cosmetics/personal care scrub products since 2014.
To further fulfill our commitment to the environment, Watsons Personal Care Store decided to extend the ban to all rinse-off cosmetics products/personal care products containing microplastics, and target to end the sales of such products by end 2019.
*Source: Boucher, J. and Friot D. (2017). Primary Microplastics in the Oceans: A Global Evaluation of Sources.