Microplastics production in cosmetics industry in EU 2012-2020

This statistic depicts the production of microplastics used in the cosmetics industry in in the European Union from 2012 to 2016, with a forecast for the years between 2017 and 2020. Over the period of consideration, the amount of microplastic induced by the manufacture of personal and cosmetic products constantly decreased. In 2012, the microplastics produced added up to 8,6 thousand tons, whereas the quantity was expected to amount to 4,4 thousand tons in 2020.

Production of microplastics used in the cosmetics industry* in the European Union from 2012 to 2020**

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Release date

January 2016



Survey time period

2012 to 2016

Supplementary notes

*Personal care and cosmetic products ("leave on" products, decorative products, deodorants, shampoo, "rinse off" products, toothpaste).
**Data between 2017 and 2020 are forecasted.

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