Consumables and cosmetics have a considerable influence on our personal health and the wellbeing of our environment. Substances of toxicological concern enter into the body when in contact with the skin and then pass into the environment via waste water after use. The microplastic often contained in many consumables and cosmetics constitutes an additional challenge. The tiny particles are extremely difficult to filter and therefore pose a risk for both humans and animals.
Manufacturers of consumables and cosmetics react to this with the promise to replace the problematic constituents with alternative substances in the future. However, the aim should be a healthy and environmentally friendly design of consumables, cosmetics and their packaging from the outset.