There's Now A UK-Wide Ban on Plastic Microbeads

Khryss | Published 2018-01-17 09:06

Now, that's a relief.

According to a report published by the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology, between 16 and 86 tonnes of plastic microbeads from facial exfoliants are washed down in UK drains every year! Why is that a problem? You see, these seemingly small particles on cosmetics and care products is a source of plastic pollution in the marine environment. That means it can enter the sea and even be swallowed by fish and crustaceans, consequently possibly harming them.

A 2016 study even showed that more than a third of fish in the English Channel have swallowed these microscopic plastic debris from exfoliating skin scrubs, synthetic fabrics and the like!

Now, in what seems to be the Earth's slight victory, manufacturers of cosmetics and personal care products are forced to stop adding these tiny pieces of plastic to any of their produce. Not only that, this ban on manufacturing and producing will be followed by a ban on the sale of such products in July!

Environment Minister Therese Coffey said: “The world’s seas and oceans are some of our most valuable natural assets and I am determined we act now to tackle the plastic that devastates our precious marine life."

“Microbeads are entirely unnecessary when there are so many natural alternatives available, and I am delighted that from today cosmetics manufacturers will no longer be able to add this harmful plastic to their rinse-off products."

“Now we have reached this important milestone, we will explore how we can build on our world-leading ban and tackle other forms of plastic waste.”

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2158111-ban-on-plastic-microbeads-comes-into-force-in-the-uk/

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