As of 17 October 2023, the European Commission’s microplastics restriction went into effect, essentially banning the sale of microplastics in consumer products, including those used in cosmetics and detergents. Loose plastic glitter for uses without a transitional period, such as art and crafts, and toys, is banned as of 17 October 2023 (unless biodegradable or soluble). The purpose is not to ban all glitter but to replace plastic glitter with more environmentally friendly glitter that does not pollute the oceans. The European Commission has just published further information about the current thinking on the application of the microplastic restriction, including plastic glitter on its own and in products. However, this information will be further detailed in the Q&A document, expected to be made available by the end of 2023, following discussions with the Member States.

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