Why are plastics used in cosmetic and personal care products?
Microplastics in cosmetics and care products have a variety of functions. In shampoo, for example, it makes it easier to comb. Microplastics also facilitate the absorption of creams and lotions and improves water resistance in sun protection products. Microplastics also act as opacifiers to provide a creamier appearance in soaps.
How can you avoid microplastics?
Instead of microplastics, Lidl is focusing on more environmentally-friendly alternatives: For example, solid microplastics based on polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) have been replaced by pumice stone particles (Perlite) in shower scrubs or by bamboo particles (Bambusa Arundinacea Stem Powder) in washing scrubs.
In order for liquid microplastics to be replaced in the future, alternative substances will be tested and evaluated in close cooperation with suppliers for factors such as product safety, environmental compatibility, effectiveness and technological applicability.
The challenges of microplastics in the environment
Microplastics, which are not biodegradable, can be taken up by living organisms in oceans and thus also find their way into the human food chain. The extent to which these plastic particles pose a danger to humans and animals is currently being researched in various scientific studies.
It is undisputed that plastic does not belong in the environment, which is why Lidl is committed to reducing plastic emissions as part of the REset Plastic strategy.