UK MPs call for ban of microplastics in cosmetics

Signal of change / UK MPs call for ban of microplastics in cosmetics

By Toby Strudwick / 24 Aug 2016

The United Kingdom's Environmental Audit commitee has called for a total legal ban on the use of microplastics in cosmetics, such as shower scrubs and toothpaste.

The group of MPs has called for an international ban - but if this is not possible after voting to leave the EU, then it asks that a national ban be implemented immediately.

So what?

Each year, 86 tons of microbeads are released into the ocean from facial exfoliants in the UK alone. The use of microplastics in cosmetics is avoidable, and awareness of their environmental impact is on the rise - presenting a reputational risk to brands. 

Which cosmetics companies will wait for such a ban to be implemented, and which are already moving to cut their use?


A related signal was spotted by Anne-Louise Vernes:

"Tesco bans microbeads from all products"


Tesco just banned microbeads from all its products

The Government must bring in a full ban on plastic "microbeads" in all household and beauty products that are washed down the drain, campaigners have urged. Environmental groups made the call for a comprehensive ban on the tiny particles which add to plastic pollution in oceans, as Tesco announced microbeads would be removed from all own brand cosmetic and household products by the end of 2016.

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What might the implications of this be? What related signals of change have you seen?

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