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Understand Microplastics & Why Manufacturers Are Reevaluating Their Ingredient Choices

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Dive Into the World of Microplastics & Explore Their Implications for HI&I Cleaning Products

There is a growing concern about microplastics, and many consumers are seeking out cleaning products formulated without these ingredients. So, what are microplastics, and what do they mean for your cleaning products?

Microplastics are tiny plastic particles, usually measuring less than five millimeters in size. They come from the breakdown of larger plastic items, such as microbeads in personal care products, hard ceramic cleaners, toilet cleaners, stainless steel and oven cleaners, laundry stain removers, and synthetic fibers from clothing. In cleaning products, microplastics are utilized as abrasives or thickeners in formulations like scrubs, polishes, and detergents.

The discussion surrounding microplastics has intensified due to their environmental and potential health hazards. They can accumulate in ecosystems, harm marine creatures, and potentially enter the food chain. In response, consumers are now actively seeking products free of these substances, leading to a shift towards more sustainable options. Manufacturers are reevaluating ingredient choices and exploring innovative solutions to reduce or eliminate the use of microplastics in cleaning products.

Regulations concerning microplastics vary across different regions and jurisdictions, with increasing scrutiny on their usage. Regulatory efforts typically focus on reducing environmental release, including bans or restrictions on microbeads in personal care products, policies to combat plastic pollution, and initiatives promoting recycling and proper waste management. Many countries are conducting research to understand the environmental and health impacts of microplastics, which may guide future regulatory actions.

Quadra can help you stay informed about regulatory restrictions on microplastics to ensure compliance. To learn more about microplastics and our alternative solutions, reach out to our team or browse our product portfolio.

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