ICADA environmental responsibility program

We beat microplastic

Microplastic pollutes the oceans and endangers the environment for humans, animals and plants. Ethical claims resulting from the ICADA natural label are therefore an obligation for us to work against microplastics. The problem is complex and certainly not solvable with a single step alone.

ICADA has decided, however, to take all steps possible for a cosmetic association to reduce the microplastic problem.

Although microplastic peeling grains and replacement of nylon in decorative cosmetics are only part of the problem, we would like to praise all the companies that are taking the first step in avoiding microplastics with ICADA and who voluntarily exclude microplastic peeling grains in their cosmetic products.

You can support our „we beat mircoplastic“ program by placing your company on the list of companies not using microplastic peeling particles:

see >>list of companies

Microplastic Regulation EU

In 2017 the EU Commission gave ECHA (European Chemicals Agency) the mandate to develop recommendations for the regulation of microplastics. The ECHA draft (read here under A) 2.) was published here by ICADA as soon as it appeared in 2019. Now two important sticking points have been overcome in the last week:

  1. Approval of the RAC (Risk Assessment Committee)
  2. Approval of the SEAC (Socio-Economic Analysis Committee)

and we expect another public hearing in the next few days (specifically after the publication of the SEAC assessment) with opposition possibility for the industry concerned.

ICADA criticizes the current draft:

  • false assumptions by ECHA about the microplastic contribution of the cosmetics industry in the amount of 2% (presumably only a maximum of 1%)
  • Obligation to label special film formers, gel formers
  • Requirement of the proof of biodegradability (RAC)
  • Elimination of the lower limit of the recorded particle size (RAC)

However it should be rated positively that self-proclaimed federal consumer protectors and web portals checking ingredients can not longer use the term „liquid microplastics“  to devalue products, without risking the claim of professional competence and the accusation of ignoring legal definitions.

Although not legally correctly anchored in REACH (the subject of the restriction is not related to the specific substance in each case), the microplastics regulation should come into force in the first half of the coming year 2021.