Ban on rinse-off microbeads praised while leaving other sources untouched

The government’s ban on rinse-off microbeads which came into force 9 January has been praised by various groups, but experts call for further action on other sources of the pollutant

Microbeads in toothpaste. Photograph: Thegreenj/GFDL1.2
Microbeads have been used in a wide range of rinse-off products. Photograph: Thegreenj/GFDL1.2

High-profile campaigning from environmental groups and a rise in public awareness of the scale of plastic pollution in the ocean has resulted in a ban on the manufacture and sale of microbeads in products such as exfoliating scrubs, shower gels and toothpastes.

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