The first phase of the UK ban on plastic microbeads has come into force today as the government hopes to crack down on marine plastic pollution.
The ban states that plastic microbeads can no longer be used in cosmetic and personal care products in the UK, initially barring the manufacturing of such products, with a ban on sales following in July. You can read more about the government’s plan in our News Special here.
Environment Minister Therese Coffey heralded the ban as a ‘world-leading’ move and an ‘important milestone’ to reduce the amount of plastic entering the world’s oceans.
Coffey said, “The world’s 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.”
She added, “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.”