harmful to our environment
Polypropylene or polypropene (PP) is a thermoplastic polymer, used in a wide variety of applications, including food packaging, textiles, plastic parts and reusable containers of various types, laboratory equipment, loudspeakers, automotive components, polymer banknotes and cosmetics. It is a rugged and unusually resistant (to many chemicals, bases and acids) plastic that can withstand temperatures just up to 160 degrease Celsius (320 degrease Fahrenheit).
Recently this plastic has made its way into the cosmetic industry as a microplastic through exfoliating creams, shower gels and toothpastes.
The microplastic beads within these products go through sewage systems, rivers, lakes and oceans and finally seep into the groundwater and the food chain. Fish that would normally eat tiny plankton will feed on these microplastic beads filling their stomachs with indigestible material and eventually starving. Polypropylene has become one of the many plastics that make up the over six million tons of plastic that are settling in our oceans and lakes.
Be aware of the ingredients polyethylene (PE), polypropylene (PP) and ethylene-vinyl acetate copolymer when choosing a cosmetic to use. The earth will thank you.