THE WHAT? Germany, the Netherlands, France and three further Member States are calling on the European Union to legislate in order to prevent the release of microplastics into the environment, according to a report published by Reuters.
THE DETAILS The European Commission is poised to propose a law to cut the volume of microplastics discharged by 30 percent by 2030. The six countries’ response is to call for tougher measures, including monitoring of levels in air, water and soil in order to gauge compliance.
THE WHY? Curbs on microplastics in cosmetics were proposed last year, Reuters reports, and the latest legislation would tackle the issue of shedding where microplastics are released unintentionally by, for example, washing synthetic clothes.