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Impact Colors touts environmental credentials of its microbead alternative

By Simon Pitman , 21-Jan-2013
Last updated on 21-Jan-2013 at 17:13 GMT

Amidst growing awareness of the environmental risk of plastic microbeads, ingredients company Impact Colors has drawn attention to its environmentally friendly alternative.

At the end of last year, global personal care player Unilever announced that it was ending the inclusion of plastic microbeads in its formulations, in view of growing environmental concerns that the ingredients is polluting waterways and marine eco systems.

The news has sparked a faster industry-wide drive to move away from the use of the ingredients, causing many formulators to look for environmentally-friendly alternatives.

Delaware based Impact Colors says that it offers two natural solutions to that can be used as effective exfoliators that feature the active ingredients of rice and bamboo.

Rice and bamboo exfoliation

Rice Exfoliators Vision Beads and Bamboo Exfoliator Vision Beads are marketed by the company has being entirely natural and biodegradable alternatives.

The company says that the two ingredients work at the cellular level to naturally restore skin’s health by sloughing off the skin’s upper level of skin cells, often removing dead cells and impurities.

On top of this, the manufacturer also claims that the deep cleansing action also serves to protect and moisturize the skin, which is claimed to give more desirable results compared to conventional exfoliators, which are often abrasive and can cause damage.

Also available in a range of colors

The range of exfoliators is also available in a wide selection of colors, designed to give formulations added impact, including red, yellow, green, and blue, to black, white, and silver tones.

“Impact Colors is constantly looking for the best and most pure natural ingredients,” says Doug Thornley, president of Impact Colors.

“Our Vision Beads series is derived from all renewable natural sources, providing an elegant carrier system for active or non-polar ingredients. The bamboo and rice exfoliants are earth-friendly alternatives to polyethylene beads and may be used in soaps and other personal care formulations to give an exfoliating effect.”

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