EU’s Microplastic Clampdown Has Echoes Of US MFWA; Will Bioplastics Be Left Out In The Cold Again?
This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet
The future of microplastics use in the European cosmetics sector hangs in the balance as legislative efforts move forward in line with the Commission’s Plastics Strategy released in January. A key question is whether next-generation, biodegradable plastics will get caught up in any bans that transpire, limiting manufacturers’ options and dashing the hopes of emerging producers with cosmetic interests.
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