Brussels asks ECHA to draw up ban on microplastics

The EU is set to phase out the use of microplastics and oxo-plastics, although a ban would not enter into force for years

An oxo-plastic bag, banned in France since 2015
France banned oxo-plastic carrier bags in 2015. Photograph: Cjp24/Wikimedia Commons

At the request of the European Commission, the European Chemicals Agency is beginning to prepare a restriction proposal targeted at reducing microplastic pollution.

The measure was announced on 17 January, intended to address the use of intentionally-added plastic particles in products for both professional and consumer use, such as paint and detergents.

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