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Microbeads : A massive issue! The Countdown to the bead ban begins!

Date: 04/08/2017
Microbeads : A massive issue! The Countdown to the bead ban begins!

What are Microbeads?

Microbeads are tiny plastic particles usually less than two millimetres in diameter. These “rinse-off personal care product” beads can be found in face soaps, body washes, makeup, nail polish and even toothpaste.

What’s the problem with Microbeads?

Microbeads often get discharged into waterways as most Wastewater treatment plants are not designed to filter them out These microbeads are found in bays, gulfs and seas across the globe, as well as inland waterways.

One microbead can be up 100000x more toxic than the water in which it is found! This is due to the fact that they absorb organic pollutants such as pesticides, flame retardants, motor oil, industrial chemicals etc.

These beads of plastic are then finding their way into the food chain as Fish species that are harvested for our consumption absorb or eat the micro-plastic particles – allowing the absorbed toxins to be absorbed into the fish tissue.

The Ban

From January 2018 there will be a ban on manufacturing cosmetics and personal care products containing plastic microbeads in England with a ban on the sale of these products beginning 6 on June 30th.

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