Plastic microbeads could be banned from use in UK cosmetics, toothpaste and other products in order to protect fish and other ocean wildlife, Oliver Tickell writes. George Eustice, Minister of State at the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, disclosed the new policy to the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee.

The government previously encouraged voluntary action by companies, but Eustice said that the new US law banning microbeads from personal care products from July 2017 had transformed the regulatory landscape. Microbeads are already forbidden in Canada, where ...


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