Lots of shower gels, exfoliants and make-up products are harmful to the environment. Why? Because they contain microplastic. This easily enters the bodies of marine creatures. If we then eat them, the microplastic can in turn get into the human organism. That is why RINGANA consistently avoids microplastic in all of its products.
#What is microplastic?
Microplastic refers to solid and insoluble plastics (polymers) that have a length of less than five millimetres. There are two kinds of microplastic: primary and secondary. Primary microplastic already measures less than five millimetres before it enters the environment. It includes exfoliating grains in skin care products, which are industrially manufactured especially for this purpose. Secondary microplastic refers to the minuscule pieces of plastic caused by the disintegration of a larger piece of plastic after it has been exposed to the elements. Microplastic attracts environmental toxins, is not biodegradable, and cannot be removed from the environment. Apart from all that, it is manufactured on the basis of mineral oil.
#How does microplastic get into the environment?
The main ways in which microplastic and other plastics get into the sea are local sewage systems and rainwater. Water treatment plants can only filter microplastic up to a point. What remains in the slurry afterwards is incinerated after processing or the slurry is poured on fields. This means that the microplastic which has been filtered with great effort out of sewage once again ends up on agricultural land.
#Why is microplastic used in skin care products?
Microplastic can be found in every conceivable size and shape in the skin care industry; liquid polymers are also used as binding agents, film-forming agents and fillers. Because there is no official definition of microplastic, unfortunately many manufacturers do not recognise liquid polymers as microplastic. To date, there have only been voluntary undertakings to reduce microplastic in skin care, but liquid polymers are exempted.
#Why doesn’t RINGANA use any microplastic?
RINGANA products have an expiry date of which we are proud – because that’s the proof of just how fresh they are. Our fresh and vegan natural skin care products stand out, in particular, because they use pure substances from nature. All products are sustainably manufactured and are free of artificial additives. We are absolutely certain that cosmetic and skin care products are an avoidable source of harm to the environment, which is why all of our skin care products are manufactured entirely without microplastic. For our exfoliant, FRESH scrub, we only use natural exfoliating grains from sources such as loofah, pomegranate seeds and bamboo. They stimulate the skin’s circulation and restore its rosy, radiant look. FRESH scrub frees the skin from dead skin cells, thus accelerating cell renewal.
A little tip for you:
Certified natural skin care products are not allowed to contain microplastic or any other ingredients derived from mineral oil. On principle, any plastics used in skin care products must be declared, but they are often concealed behind complicated technical names. If you’re not a chemist but want to be certain that your skin care product is harmless, what do you do? We recommend that you check out the independent cosmetics comparison portal, Cosmeticanalysis. It is scientifically sound, manufacturer-neutral and guaranteed free of advertising. The portal will provide you with comprehensive product information and reviews. And you can find our RINGANA products there too, by the way.