Alternatives to Polymeric Microbeads Developed Using Sustainable Sources

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Published: 27 Jan 2017

Currently, microbeads used in cosmetics and other personal care products such as skin cleansers, shower gels, and creams are made of plastics such as polyethylene, polystyrene, and polypropylene. However, plastic microbeads are harmful for the environment as they are non-biodegradable. They also affect marine animals. Countries such as the US have banned the usage of plastic microbeads as per the Microbead-Free Waters Act of 2015. Stakeholders are replacing plastic microbeads with sustainable materials that are biodegradable. The different materials used are fruits pits, nut shells, and polymers of natural origin such as polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA). The High-Tech Materials TechVision Opportunity Engine (TOE) provides intelligence on technologies, products, processes, applications, and strategic insights on various materials across industries. Some material technologies include lightweight materials, bio–based materials, ceramics, smart materials, fibers, nanomaterials, responsive materials, polymers, woven and non woven materials, polymers and plastics and packaging materials. The Chemicals and Advanced Materials cluster tracks research and innovation trends and developments across specialty chemicals, plastics, polymers, chemicals, bio-chemicals, metals, coatings, thinfilms, surface treatments, composites, alloys, oil and gas, fuel additives, fibers, and several other related technologies and its impact and application across industries. Keywords: Microbeads, plastic, sustainable, biodegradable

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