This initiative aims to counteract the negative effects of microplastics on the environment and human health. However, cosmetics will gradually be subjected to the new rules: the glitter present in products to be rinsed off will be available until 16 October 2027 and in those to be left on the skin until 16 October 2029.

In 2030, synthetic polymer microparticles used to encapsulate perfumes will be banned. In 2031, the ban will cover granules that fill synthetic surfaces in sports facilities. Eventually, in 2035, the ban will extend to lipsticks, nail polishes and other makeup products.

This decision is part of the European Union’s strategy in the fight against pollution and in the ecological transition process. The European Commission explains that the new regulations aim to prevent the release of around half a million tonnes of microplastics into the environment. Even though glitter makes up a relatively small portion of total pollution, its elimination is of primary importance.

The ban does not affect glitter made from biodegradable, organic or water-soluble materials.