EU should consider microbeads ban, MPs hear

Both DEFRA and experts support a European ban on the plastic microbeads used in some cosmetics

Research shows that microplastic particles such as these can harm wildlife. Photograph: 5Gyres

A ban on microbeads would have to be implemented at EU level “as a minimum” to be effective, the Commons’ Environmental Audit Committee has been told.

But before that can happen, the public must have “a sufficient level of appreciation and understanding” of the pollution associated with these tiny pieces of plastic, said King's College London professor of environmental health Frank Kelly during an evidence session on 9 May.

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