I welcome today’s news that the Government have decided to implement a ban on ‘rinse off’ plastic microbeads in cosmetics and personal care products.

Microbeads are tiny microplastic ingredients that are added to a huge variety of products but the particles easily pass through water filtration systems and end up in the ocean – endangering marine life.

I know that many constituents feel strongly about this issue and you may already be aware that I have contacted the Environment secretary about this issue on a number of occasions.

While this decision is a step in the right direction I hope the UK Government will consider evidence surrounding a comprehensive ban on microbeads and I will continue to monitor this issue.


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