World-leading microbeads ban takes effect

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Today the government’s ban on microbeads in cosmetics and personal care products comes into effect.

A ban on the manufacture of products containing microbeads has come into force today – a landmark step in the introduction of one of the world’s toughest bans on these harmful pieces of plastic.

Environment Minister Thérèse Coffey has announced that manufacturers of cosmetics and personal care products will no longer be able to add tiny pieces of plastic known as ‘microbeads’ to rinse-off products such as face scrubs, toothpastes and shower gels.

read more … Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs

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