Our Position on Microplastic

Our Position on Microplastic

Monday April 3rd, 2017 A.S. Watson GroupAll BrandsAsiaHong Kong

Microplastics are solid synthetic polymer (plastic) particles, insoluble in water. Due to their small size (<5mm) they often pass through sewage water filtration systems and can pollute waterways; microplastics impact the food chain as they can be ingested by marine organisms. Cosmetics/ personal care products account for 2% of microplastic pollutants in the ocean*. Ahead of legislations, A.S. Watson has taken the positive step to ban the use of microplastic in rinse-off Own Brand cosmetics/personal care scrub products development since 2014. To further fulfil our commitment to the environment, A.S. Watson has stopped selling all rinse-off cosmetics products / personal care products containing microplastics at its stores since January 2020. *Source: Boucher, J. and Friot D. (2017). Primary Microplasticsin the Oceans: A Global Evaluation of Sources.