Government urged to ban plastic microbeads

Greenpeace is calling on the UK government to join the US in banning plastic microbeads. Some leading cosmetics firms are already leading the way

Microplastic spheres in tooth paste, about 30 micrometres in diameter. Photograph: Dantor CC BY-SA 3.0The government is being urged to ban the use of plastic microbeads in cosmetics.

More than 140,000 people have backed a petition launched by Greenpeace UK just three weeks ago, saying the UK should follow the US in forbidding the use of “these wholly unnecessary bits of plastic”.

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