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Government moves microbead ban forward

21/07/2017 by Poppy

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Following a public consultation, the Government has announced that it will be bringing forward its ban on plastic microbeads in rinse-off personal care products.

Products such as exfoliating scrubs, toothpastes and shower gels are all set to be included in the ban, with manufacturers being told to stop production of microbead containing products by 1st January 2018, with sales prohibited from 30th June.

Companies using plastic microbeads have come under increasing scrutiny, as evidence mounts about the damaging effects these tiny pieces of plastic have on marine life and even human health.

Despite this evidence, the cosmetics industry has resisted pressure to remove microbeads from ‘leave-on’ products such as sun lotion and make-up. While fewer microbeads are released into the environment from leave-on products, they can still make their way into marine ecosystems, for example, when wearing sun lotion while swimming in the sea or in rivers.

Green People has never used plastic microbeads in any product and works closely with the Marine Conservation Society to preserve marine habitats across the UK. A 30p donation from the sale of every full-size scent-free sun lotion goes to support the charity’s vital work.

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