Statement for microplastic beads

Microplastic beads are used as a raw material in rinse-off cleansing products. Microplastic beads are safe for humans, and have been used as a highly-functional raw material; however, in recent years their potential environmental impact has been raised as a concern both in Japan and overseas. In consideration of the worldwide social concern, KOSÉ Group stopped using microplastic beads for new cleansing products developed since 2014, making the switch to plant derived materials with less negative environmental impact. The shipment of cleansing products containing microplastic beads will be completely terminated by June 2018 at the latest.