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What is the problem?  

Tiny plastic particles have been added to many personal care products marketed around the world!

When we exfoliate our body or brush our teeth , with products that contain these microspheres, barely visible to With the naked eye, they flow directly from sinks, showers and bathtubs into the sewer system. The'swastewater treatment plants are not designed to filter microspheres and therefore, they cause a series of impacts on the marine environment as they are impossible to remove.

How to collaborate?

send legible photos of the products (front and back, including ingredients and barcode)

for: with the subject BTM Campaign.

The campaign  

two NGOs Dutch, the North Sea Foundation and the Plastic Soup Foundation, launched a smartphone app in 2012 as part of their Beat the Microbead campaign ("Combat Microspheres"). this application allowed at the time to consumers in the Netherlands to verify that the personal care products they use have in their constitution plastic microspheres.  

In the summer of 2013, UNEP, the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment and the UK-based NGO Fauna & Flora International partnered with these foundations to develop an application for international use.

Through this smartphone application, consumers can scan the personal care products to check for the presence of plastic microspheres, indicating the following colors:

Red: This product contains microspheres.  

Orange: This product still contains microspheres, but the manufacturer has indicated that they will either replace them within a certain period of time or adapt the product.  

Green: This product is free of plastic microspheres.

The microspheres used in personal care products are mainly made of polyethylene (PE), polypropylene (PP), polyethylene terephthalate (PET), polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) and nylon.

Each country participating in the campaign will have its own database of products that contain or do not contain microspheres.


- Usually the ingredients are written in English:  

Polyethylene (PE); Nylon-12/6/66; Polypropylene (PP); nylon-11; PMMA; nylon-6; copolymer polyethyleen terephthalate (PET)


- Products can be national or imported


- Search for products: body and facial exfoliating soap/gel (scrubs, peelings), deep cleaning, toothpaste (adult and child)

In addition to the already known Polyethylene (PE), Polypropylene (PP), Polyethylene terephthalate (PET), Polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) or Nylon, follow the new plastic ingredients that often are added to hygiene and cosmetic products:

Poly (1,4-cis-Isoprene)

Poly (2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate)

Poly (2-hydroxypropyl methacrylate)



Polyacrylonitrile butadiene styrene


Polyalkyd resins

Polyalkyl stearate/vinyl acetate copolymers

Polybutylene/Ethylene/Styrene copolymer

Polybutyl acrylate

Polybutyl methacrylate

Polybutylene terephthalate

Polycaprolactam (Nylon 6)

Polycellulose acetate

Polycellulose nitrate


Polydimethylsiloxane (silicone)


Polyethylene glycol

Polyelastine-like polypeptide

Polyepoxy resins

Polyethyl acrylate

Polyethyl methacrylate

Polyethylene methylactylate copolymer

Polyethylene vinyl acetate

Polyethylene/acrylate copolymer

Polyethylene/propylene/styrene copolymer

Poly (ε-caprolactone)

Polyformaldehyde (Oxymethylene)

Polyglycolic Acid

Polyisobornyl acrylate

Polyisobornyl methacrylate

Polyisobutyl methacrylate



Polylactic acid

Polylaurolactam (Nylon 12 or Amide-12)

Polylauryl methacrylate

Polymethacrylated hyaluronic acid


Polymethyl acrylate

Poly (n-Hexyl methacrylate)

Poly (N-isopropylacrylamide)

Polyoctyl methacrylate

Polypentaerythrityl terephthalate

Polypropyl acrylate

Polypropyl methacrylate

Polypropylene oxide

Polypropylene terephthalate

Polystearyl methacrylate


Polystyrene/Acrylate copolymer

Polytetrafluoroethylene (Teflon)


Polytrimethylsiloxysilicate (Silicone resin)


Polyvinyl acetate

Polyvinyl alcohol

Polyvinyl chloride

Polyvinylidene chloride


Ethylene vinyl alcohol copolymer


Amazing and scary, isn't it?!


So what products can we safely consume? In this new stage of the Campaign International to eliminate the use of Microplasticsin Cosmetics, the “Look for the Zero” trust seal appears, through which, the

manufacturer declares that its products are guaranteed free of microplastics.

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Consumes of hygiene and cosmetic products and

have questions or want to know more  details about the campaign?  


He is a manufacturer/dealer of hygiene and cosmetic products

and want to recognize the  your products as 100% free of microplastics ?


In Portugal the Campaign  International to eliminate the use of Microplastics in  cosmetics  is developed by APLM.  


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GEOTA is APLM's partner in this campaign.


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