09 Jan '18, 4pm

UK Bans Microbeads to Protect Oceans as Lawmakers Eye More Anti-Plastic Laws

Microplastic poses a growing concern in oceans and other aquatic habitat. 5Gyres / Oregon State University UK Bans Microbeads to Protect Oceans as Lawmakers Eye More Anti-Plastic Laws A ban on microbeads came into force in Britain on Tuesday, an initiative that will “stop billions of pieces of plastic entering our ecosystem, helping to protect our precious seas and oceans ," Prime Minister Theresa May tweeted . Former President Barack Obama signed a bill in 2015 that phased out the manufacturing of face wash, toothpaste and shampoo containing plastic microbeads by July 1, 2017, and the sale of such beauty products by July 1, 2018. Microbeads are used as exfoliants in personal care products, but these non-biodegradable bits of plastic are easily washed down drains and pass unfiltered through sewage treatment plants. Consequently, the particles have been found in just about ...

Full article: https://www.ecowatch.com/microbeads-ban-uk-2523906473.html

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