glo reformulates products ahead of US microbead phase-out


The cosmetics brand has cut out polyethylene beads in four skin care products

Cosmetics brand cuts out polyethylene beads in four skin care products and replaces with natural or biodegradable alternatives

US cosmetics brand glo has announced the reformulation of a number of its skin care products in line with the Microbead-Free Waters Act of 2015.

The act, which was signed by President Obama in January, prohibits the manufacture and market introduction of rinse-off cosmetics containing plastic microbeads.

The act aims to phase out out the manufacture of such products by 1 July next year with sales stopped by 1 July 2018.

glo said it is “proud to be taking action ahead of this deadline” by reformulating its Daily Polishing Cleanser, Refresh Facial Polish, Brightening Polish and Clear Acne Cleanser.

The brand will be swapping the plastic polyethylene beads in its products for biodegradable alternatives.

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The products will contain a combination of jojoba beads; Celluloscrub, a modified cellulose made from wood pulp; diatomaceous earth, which is a naturally-occuring fossilised algae with a high silica content; and sythetic wax beads that dissolve without a negative impact on the environment.