European Union aims to cut 400,000 tonnes of plastic waste with ‘comprehensive’ microplastics ban

European Union aims to cut 400,000 tonnes of plastic waste with ‘comprehensive’ microplastics ban

The European Chemicals Agency (Echa) has proposed a wide-ranging ban on ‘intentionally added’ microplastic fibers and fragments, which would apply to leave-on cosmetics such as make-up and moisturisers as well as encapsulation fragrances, according to a report published by The Guardian.

“Microplastics are a growing concern to a number of human rights. The steps proposed by Echa are necessary to help ensure present and future generations can enjoy what is their human right: a clean, healthy and sustainable environment,” Baskut Tuncak, the UN’s special rapporteur on hazardous substances and waste told The Guardian.

The proposal is part of a wider crackdown on plastics across the EU, with taxes to be imposed on single-use plastics and investment piled into recycling infrastructure.

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