Hamburg (dpa) - The voluntary measures taken by manufacturers to dispense with plastic in cosmetics are not enough from Greenpeace's point of view.

The organization identified plastics in 502 of 664 products from eleven well-known cosmetics brands, as reported in the report “To remove make-up - plastic in cosmetics” on Monday.

Greenpeace first checked the ingredient lists published on the company's websites for 530 polymers.

It was found that 76 percent of the products contain plastics.

Around a quarter of the products are microplastics, the rest are plastic in liquid, semi-solid or soluble form.

In a second step, eleven selected products were then analyzed in more detail in the laboratory.

"The results show that plastic ingredients are often contained in products that come into contact with sensitive body parts such as eyes and lips and can thus be inhaled or swallowed by consumers," says the report.

The highest concentrations of plastics were found in eye make-up, lip gloss, and lipsticks.


The industrial association body care and detergents IKW, on the other hand, refers to several official investigations on the Internet, according to which a health risk from microplastics has not been proven.

For Greenpeace, the attempt by the federal government to voluntarily ban plastic from cosmetics together with industry has failed.

“Seven years of dialogue are over and the unvarnished truth is that we continue to regularly smear plastic on our faces.

Be it in the form of make-up, powder or lipstick, ”said the Greenpeace expert on consumption and chemistry, Viola Wohlgemuth.

Greenpeace called on the federal government to ban plastics in cosmetics.

"Environment Minister Svenja Schulze from the SPD must promote a clear ban on plastic of any consistency in cosmetics - at German and EU level," said Wohlgemuth.

There is currently only a ban on solid microplastics in cosmetic products being negotiated.


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