The British Government ban on micro-beads has come into effect today, meaning that manufacturers can no longer add the small pieces of plastic into goods and products.
Thérèse Coffey, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Environment, said in a statement:
“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.
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”.