Microplastics ban could be costly: Italy protests EU proposal

Microplastics ban could be costly: Italy protests EU proposal

Italian cosmetics SMEs are protesting the proposed EU ban of intentionally added microplastics in beauty and personal care products, according to a report published by Chemical Watch.

Italy’s cosmetic industry employs 35,000 and is the European Union’s fourth largest, making 65 percent of the make-up sold in Europe, according to figures from Cosmetica Italia, per Chemical Watch.

Companies are said to be concerned that the R&D costs associated with ending the use of microplastics could have severe financial consequences for small and medium-sized businesses. The public consultation on Echa’s proposed ban is open through September 20. ffff

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