Here is an article from today’s Jersey Evening Post which includes a comment from Jacqui Carrel, SOS Jersey’s environmental scientist. We would like to see these microbeads banned forthwith.
EDIT 03.09.16: Beads expected to be banned by end of 2017 – initial details here.
“ENVIRONMENTAL campaigners in Jersey have backed calls by UK MPs to ban cosmetics companies from using tiny pieces of plastic in their products because of the damage they do to marine life.
Millions of so-called microbeads – plastic fragments usually less than one millimetre in size – can be found in a single tub of some facial scrubs and are often used as an exfoliating ingredient in hygiene and care products.
One shower using such a product could lead to 100,000 plastic particles being washed into the sea, as they are too small to be filtered out by sewerage works, according to a recent report by the House of Commons environmental audit committee.
MPs have now called for cosmetic companies to be banned from using microplastics in their products, such as facial scrubs, toothpastes, shaving gels and other toiletries.”
Full article and further comment in the screenshots below: