'Invisible' plastics in everyday cosmetics
Microbeads are just the tip of the iceberg. The cosmetics industry is riddled with plastics, and not only in packaging. The “glow” of bronzers, blushes and eye shadows often comes from plastic glitter, giving a shimmery affect to the wearer. Nail polish, like other paints, is made up of assorted plasticizers and resins like acrylic. Menstrual pads, tampons and wet-wipes, even flushable ones, are usually partly plastic. Floss is made up of synthetic materials such as Teflon.