Plastic microbeads, that are used as exfoliants in personal care products, have been polluting our oceans and ending up in the stomachs of sea animals for quite some time now. Due to their minute size, these microbeads pass unfiltered through sewage treatment plants and are found in almost all water bodies around the globe.
A ban on microbeads came into force in Britain on Tuesday, an initiative that will “stop billions of pieces of plastic entering our ecosystem, helping to protect our precious seas and oceans,” Prime Minister Theresa May tweeted.
“I am delighted that from today cosmetics manufacturers will no longer be able to add this harmful plastic to their rinse-off products,” said Environment Minister Therese Coffey. “The world’s seas and oceans are some of our most valuable natural assets. I am determined we act now to tackle the plastic that devastates our precious marine life.”
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