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Plastic microbeads to be banned from beauty products by end of 2017

September 6, 2016


PLASTIC MICROBEADS found in beauty and toiletry products will be banned in the UK from the end of 2017. Some products will completely disappear from shelves said the Cosmetic, Toiletry & Perfumery Association. Screen Shot 2016-09-06 at 11.21.24.png

Microbeads are found in many facial scrubs, make-up, toothpaste and body washes – some are visible to the naked eye but others are as small as one micrometre.

The tiny pieces of plastic, which contain toxic chemicals, end up in oceans and are subsequently swallowed by marine life. Just one cleansing product can contain hundreds of thousands of microbeads.

Conservationists have warned that microbeads affect fish growth and persist in the guts of mussels and fish that mistake them for food. The beads then travel back up the food chain to humans.

Screen Shot 2016-09-06 at 11.19.38More than 357,000 people signed a petition calling for the ban as the UK government follows in the footsteps of the US, which has banned microbeads from mid-2017. Beauty manufacturers are set to look for natural alternatives that biodegrade and pose no harm to marine life. These include jojoba beads, apricot kernels, ground nutshells and salt.

The Green Party said it welcomed the ban but said it should extend to other products such as washing detergents.

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