Microbeads

Information for journalists on our approach to using microbeads in our products.

Use of microbeads

GSK is committed to managing and reducing the environmental impacts of our products. Microbeads are defined as solid plastic particles less than 5mm in size which are used in rinse off cosmetic and personal care products that cleanse and exfoliate.

GSK does not use such microbeads in its products and we have no have plans to do so in the future.

As an additional step, we are evaluating our portfolio to determine reformulation opportunities for products that use other inactive plastic ingredients. To date, we have identified a small number of products that we plan to reformulate - these initiatives will take approximately 3 years to complete and phase into the market.

We continue to work closely with industry associations to ensure that appropriate definitions are consistently applied and that industry has enough time to reformulate and transition new products into the marketplace.

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