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Deb Group Enhances Sustainability of its Products by Removing All Plastic Microbeads

May 12, 2016
By Business Wire News


Deb Group, the world’s leading away-from-home skin care company, has always been at the forefront of sustainability. Today Deb took the lead and announced that its manufacturing process is now 100 percent free of plastic microbeads in North America. Its main product lines, including Deb Stoko®, DebMed® and KrestoGT™ were already free of any plastic scrubbers since their launch.

The Microbead-Free Waters Act of 2015 bans personal-care products from containing microbeads in order to help remove plastic pollution from water supplies. The law prohibits soaps, body washes, toothpaste and other personal-care products from containing plastic or bioplastic beads as of July 1, 2017. The law also prohibits the sale of products containing microbeads as of July 1, 2019.

“It is important for us to minimize our environmental footprint as much as possible. Last year, we launched the Deb Stoko range with microbead-free heavy duty cleansers. All Solopol® and Kresto® branded products have always contained natural scrubbers, that are safe for the skin and our environment,” said Isabelle Faivre, Vice President of Marketing, Deb North America. “Today, we are raising the bar by removing all plastic beads from our manufacturing process in the few remaining legacy formulations, hoping our competition will follow us soon. Plastic beads are toxic to the environment, polluting our water streams and food chain. And what you washed your hands with today may end up on your plate in the near future. ”

Deb’s heavy-duty cleansers use natural scrubbers, including cornmeal, olive stone and walnut shells. They have a smoother texture than pumice (safer for your skin), are biodegradable (contrarily to plastic beads) and are easily rinsed away, preventing blocked drains and pipes. So, they provide better scrubbing performance while being much gentler on the skin and safe for the environment.

Deb – the safe and sustainable skin care choice for all professionals.

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About Deb Group

Headquartered in the UK and with North American headquarters in Charlotte, N.C., Deb Group provides dedicated skin care programs for a wide range of industries and organizations that value their employee and customer well-being.

In 2014, Deb Group acquired Stoko Professional Skin Care to become the world’s largest specialist occupational skin care company. The combined organization encompasses 23 companies operating in 19 countries, with Deb products used over 150 million times every day. The Deb product lines include Travabon®, Stokoderm®, Refresh, Estesol®, Solopol®, Kresto®, Deb InstantFOAM, Stokolan® and KrestoGT.

In 2015, Deb Group was acquired by SC Johnson, a privately held, family company and one of the world’s leading manufacturers of household cleaning products, and products for home storage, air care, pest control and shoe care. To learn more, visit

Mulberry Marketing Communications
Christina Alvarez