ONE of the south’s top politicians has welcomed the news that the government is set to ban microbeads in cosmetic products.
Keith Taylor, Green MEP for South East England, spoke out after campaigners voiced growing concern over microbeads, which are added to soap and toothpaste to provide scrubbing power.
But the minute plastic beads are finding their way into the oceans and entering the food chain.
Scientists based at Southampton‘s National Oceanography Centre have found that beads and other micro-plastics are are present in the deep waters of the North Atlantic and are embarking on a special expedition to gather more data.
Last year President Obama banned microbeads in the USA and recently Canada declared them a “toxic” substance.
Welcoming the UK government’s decision to take action Mr Chapman, a member of the European Parliament’s Environment and Public Health Committee, said: “This is a positive step forward for the health of our oceans and a welcome victory for marine wildlife.
“Theresa May has finally acted on public concern, scientific consensus and the will of her own MPs.
“For that she must be commended but the proposed ban on microbeads in cosmetic products simply doesn’t go far enough.
“Marine life cannot distinguish whether the toxic plastic it ingests comes from cosmetic or cleaning products. The ban must apply to all products, not some.
“Plastic waste is causing untold toxicological and biological harm to our oceans, a ban on microbeads is a welcome step forward, but it must be the first of many.”