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UK Ban On Plastic Micro Beads

UK Ban On Plastic Micro Beads

When we get up in the morning our usual morning routine involves brushing our teeth and having a wash (or at least we hope so!). We rarely think about what we are washing away. Plastic micro beads are in most cosmetics and care products, they are small plastic beads commonly used in the products for their abrasive qualities to remove dry cells from the surface of the skin.

However as we wash them away in the sink or bath it’s easy to forget about where they go and where they end up. Thousands of tons of these small beads end up in our oceans, and with plastic taking so long to break down they're there for a long time as well. As they float around they’ll be swallowed and absorbed by the same animals that often end up on our dinner plates. If we realised that the same waste we wash away in the sink comes back as part of our historical favourite fish and chip supper you can see the benefit of the ban being applied and how it directly affects us.

The microbead ban has been brought in from the 9th January in the UK to prevent the use of plastic micro beads in the manufacture of cosmetics and care products, from July 2018 this will include the sale of any products containing micro beads which is a huge step forward.

Recent revelations of an estimated 5 trillion pieces of plastic floating in our oceans, and the direct impact this is having, has highlighted the need to make changes through legislation, and with growing pressure on the latte levy and deposit return scheme it would appear we are becoming more aware of the changes we need to make to reduce our harmful footprint.

Keep an eye on our social media to stay tuned for the most up to date changes and developments.

Ben: 17th Jan 2018 12:07:00

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