UK Ban on Microplastics May Be First Step to Comprehensive Plan

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Article courtesy of Press Association | February 8th, 2017 | The Guardian | Shared as educational material.

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The United Kingdom is considering banning microplastics, which are tiny plastics no more than 5mm in diameter. Marine life can eat microplastics, which already number in the trillions in the sea. Microplastics can harm fish and crustaceans. Environmental groups urge that the ban should include cosmetics and sunscreen. “’Many countries around the world, from India to Korea to New Zealand, are now looking at banning microplastics in products that can end up in the sea, and they’re looking to the UK to provide a model of how best to do that. By implementing a robust and comprehensive ban of microplastics in all products which can reach drainage, this government can have a truly global impact.” Read more about the UK Ban here.

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