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Cosmet’eau—Changes in the personal care product consumption practices: from whistle-blowers to impacts on aquatic environments


The Cosmet’eau project (2015–2018) investigates the “changes in the personal care product (PCP) consumption practices: from whistle-blowers to impacts on aquatic environments.” In this project, the example of PCPs will be used to understand how public health concerns related to micropollutants can be addressed by public authorities—including local authorities, industries, and consumers. The project aims to characterize the possible changes in PCP consumption practices and to evaluate the impact of their implementation on aquatic contamination. Our goals are to study the whistle-blowers, the risk perception of consumers linked with their practices, and the contamination in parabens and their substitutes, triclosan, and triclocarban from wastewater to surface water. The project investigates the following potential solutions: modifications of industrial formulation or changes in consumption practices. The final purpose is to provide policy instruments for local authorities aiming at building effective strategies to fight against micropollutants in receiving waters.

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The Cosmet’eau project is funded within the framework of a French call for project about “Micropollutants: innovation and changes of practices” launched by the French Ministry of Environment, The French National Agency for Water and Aquatic Environments (Onema), and a French water agency (Agence de l’Eau Seine-Normandie).

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Bressy, A., Carré, C., Caupos, É. et al. Cosmet’eau—Changes in the personal care product consumption practices: from whistle-blowers to impacts on aquatic environments. Environ Sci Pollut Res 23, 13581–13584 (2016).

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  • Consumption practices
  • Endocrine disruptors
  • Micropollutants
  • Parabens
  • Personal care products
  • Source reduction
  • Urban water cycle
  • Whistle-blowers