|But how do we remove existing plastic pollution?|
The ban on the sale of products containing microbeads has come into force as part of the Government’s efforts to prevent these harmful pieces of plastic entering the marine environment.
As of last week, retailers across England & Scotland will no longer be able to sell rinse-off cosmetics & personal care products that contain microbeads – the tiny pieces of plastic often added to products such as face scrubs, soaps, toothpaste and shower gels.
Just one shower alone is thought to send 100,000 microbeads down the drain and into the ocean, causing serious harm to marine life. The Government’s ban – praised by campaigners as one of the toughest in the world – will now prevent billions of microbeads ending up in the ocean every year.
With the microbeads ban now in place, the Government is exploring how other microplastic sources enter our marine environment. Last month £200,000 was pledged by the Government for scientists at the University of Plymouth to explore how tiny plastic particles from tyres, synthetic materials like polyester, and fishing gear – such as nets, ropes and lines – enter our waterways & oceans.