College of William and Mary

United States

Environmentally Safe Plastic Microbeads for Cosmetics

Materials & Chemical


Non-degradable plastic microbeads are found in cosmetics and toiletries products worldwide and wash into the world’s oceans where they can persist for decades, even centuries, and are ingested by marine animals. We have developed biodegradable, ocean-safe microbeads that quickly degrade and are a drop-in replacement for non-degradable microbeads.