Microbeads in the news(February 15, 2017)
Microbeads are in the news again, as YouGov survey for the microbeads coalition show that many people wash their make-up and skin care products down the drain.
The survey found that:
And although some of these product types have microplastic ingredients, they escape the government's proposed microbeads ban.
The current proposal Defra has restricts itself to "rinse off products" and that's caused confusion. The problem is that products with microplastics in them will still enter the ocean if the government excludes them from the microbeads ban.
The coalition has issued this statement and I quote:
‘Many countries around the world, from India to Korea to New Zealand, are now looking at banning microplastics in products that can end up in the sea, and they’re looking to the UK to provide a model of how best to do that. By implementing a robust and comprehensive ban of microplastics in all products which can reach drainage, this government can have a truly global impact.
‘We’ve already seen the problematic loopholes in the US legislation, which limited the ban to “rinse off” products that perform an “exfoliating” function and ended up allowing other types of products containing microplastics to keep pouring into our oceans.
‘With trillions of microplastics already in the sea, this really is a global issue and the British Government must seize the opportunity to create a world-leading ban.’
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The coalition is asking the Government to follow the guidelines below recommended by the Environmental Audit Committee and developed by Fauna & Flora International (and I quote):
So please check the ingredients of any make-up before you buy; think about how you wash it off; or, why not start giving yourself a break-up from make-up altogether?