A ban on the sale of products containing microbeads has come into force as part of the Government’s efforts to prevent this plastic entering the marine environment.
Retailers across England and Scotland will no longer be able to sell rinse-off cosmetics and personal care products that contain microbeads, including soap, toothpaste and shower gels.
Environment Secretary Michael Gove said: “Microbeads might be tiny, but they are lethal to sea creatures and entirely unnecessary.
“We have led the way in banning these toxic pieces of plastic, but this is by no means the end in our fight. We will now press ahead with our proposals for a deposit return scheme and ban other damaging plastic such as straws.”
With this ban now implemented, the Government has said that it is looking into how other microplastic sources enter the oceans.