The Environmental Protection Department of the Hong Kong Government commissioned ERM to study microplastic pollution. In particular, ERM examined the prevalence of plastic microbeads in personal care and cosmetics products (PCCPs) in the Hong Kong market, with a view to introducing control measures for microbeads pollution in Hong Kong. The key driver behind the project is protection of the environment and human health.

ERM undertook a literature review of scientific and academic opinions on the impact of microbeads to the environment. We also conducted a market survey of products containing microbeads in Hong Kong and carried out extensive stakeholder engagement regarding the potential impacts from implementing control measures for consumers and the PCCP market.

As a result of this study EPD will establish a framework to help reduce the use of microbeads in PCCPs.