A UK-wide ban on the manufacture of products containing microbeads has come into force today, according to a press release issued by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs.
The ban, which has been hailed as one of the toughest in the world, will bar cosmetics and personal care manufacturers from adding microbeads to rinse-off products such as face scrubs, toothpastes and shower gels. A ban on the sale of products containing microbeads will follow later this year.
“The world’s seas and 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,” said Environment Minister Therese Coffey.
“Microbeads are entirely unnecessary when there are so many natural alternatives available, and I am delighted that from today cosmetics manufacturers will no longer be able to add this harmful plastic to their rinse-off products.
“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.”