Green tribunal orders test of cosmetics containing microbeads

The National Green Tribunal has directed the Centre to test cosmetic products containing microbeads after a plea sought a ban on their use on the ground they are extremely dangerous for aquatic life and environment.

Exfoliating properties

Microbeads are tiny plastic substances measuring less than five millimetres that act as exfoliators (agents which remove dead cells) on skin and teeth when used in soap, toothpaste and other products. Many brands manufacturing beauty products use microbeads, the plea said.

The order came on a petition filed by Delhi-based lawyer Ashwini Kumar seeking a complete ban on the use of microbeads in the manufacture, import and sale of various cosmetics or personal care products. The matter has been listed for next hearing on February 15.

‘Dangerous’ product

A Bench headed by Justice Jawad Rahim said it is the duty of the government to ensure that no “dangerous” product is allowed to be manufactured or sold to public and directed the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation to analyse the products in laboratory and submit a report in four weeks.

The plea said: “The unregulated production and usage of plastic in microbeads in various cosmetic products and their excessive usage by the end user is leading to water pollution across the globe....”

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