UK Consumers Back A Ban on Microbeads

14 April by Miriam Heale


A recent Greenpeace poll found that in the UK 61% of women and 53% of men would follow the US and ban the use of plastic microbeads in exfoliant toiletries.

The tiny plastic beads are too small to be filtered effectively by water treatment and flow into the oceans, where they harm fish and other sea life. 

The US passed a ban at the end of 2015, with Canada and several EU nations looking to follow suit - but not in the UK.

Louise Edge, Oceans Campaigner at Greenpeace UK, comments in the Guardian; “Microbeads are one of those rare environmental problems that are actually relatively easy to solve,” 

“A ban is easy to introduce and alternatives are already available. Although it would not alone eradicate the problems caused by microplastics, it would set an important precedent in the UK that pumping plastics into our oceans is not acceptable.” 

250,000 individuals have signed a petition calling for a UK ban.

The UK are dragging their feet on this issue and infact some major toiletary manufacturers are ahead of the game, with Unilever having ended their use of microbeads in 2015 and L’Oréal phasing them out by 2017.


Read more  - What are microbeads and why should we ban them?