I came across a guide to products like scrubs and shower gels, even sun creams, which have plastic in them, published in February 2017, and I wanted to share it here. The guide is in the German language but full of easy to understand tables. Many of the products are available across Europe and have names in English, so are they recognisable even if you don’t speak German. It was apparently authored by Friends of the Earth Germany, and I found it eye opening. It’s a pdf file and called “Mikroplastik: die unsichtbare Gefahr” which translates as “Microplastic: the invisible danger”. You can also read about the background of the microplastics problem in English, on the National Geographic blog.
I was surprised to find products from the Body Shop and LUSH on the list (I had expected better from them), and of course there are some more expected big name companies. But I still like the solid deodorant from LUSH, which I bought plastic-free in their store in Berlin.
Anyway, if you’re not a German speaker but are planning on exploring the German language list on the grounds that most is understandable anyway, then you might like to know that, in German:
- Peeling = scrub (not a facemask that you peel off, as I first thought!)
- Kunststoff = plastic (you also see “plastik” quite frequently)
- Hersteller = manufacturer
- Firma = company
- Gesicht(pflege) = face (care)
- Duschgel = shower gel
Well, that’s enough to get you started on exploring their tables… go look!