Countdown to microbead ban begins

DEFRA has confirmed its intention to forbid the sale of cosmetics and personal care products containing plastic microbeads from mid-2018

Microbeads are found in some toothpastes. Photograph: Scott Ehardt/Wikimedia CommonsThe sale of cosmetics and personal care products that contain plastic microbeads will be banned in England from 30 June 2018, with a ban on manufacturing applying six months earlier.

The schedule, confirmed on 21 July, is unchanged from the one set out for consultation in December. However, Brexit could pose a threat to the timescale due to parliament’s legislative agenda.

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