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Published on Wednesday, 24 August 2016

British MPs call for action on microplastics

Written by John Mowbray

Microplastics in sediment, Wikipedia

LONDON – UK Members of Parliament have called for a worldwide ban on plastic microbeads in cosmetics. The UK Government's Environmental Audit Committee claims the tiny balls of plastic used in shower gels and facial scrubs can now be found in Arctic sea-ice as well as on the ocean floor. The MPs have also cited the textile industry, claiming synthetic fibres from fleece jackets may be harming wildlife. The UK government has previously said it would contemplate a ban on microbeads in cosmetics if the EU doesn't legislate first. However, MPs want ministers to take quicker, more decisive action.