UK microbead ban comes into effect

Britain’s microbead ban comes into force
Credit: Steve Cordory

The UK’s ban on the manufacture of cosmetic and personal care products that contain microbeads has today (9 January) come into effect.

According to the Government, this legislation is, to date, one of the world’s toughest bans on microbeads.

The ban will help to stop billions of microbeads ending up in the ocean every year.

Environment Minister Thérèse Coffey said: “Microbeads are entirely unnecessary when there are so many natural alternatives available, and I am delighted that from today cosmetics manufacturers will no longer be able to add this harmful plastic to their rinse-off products.

“Now we have reached this important milestone, we will explore how we can build on our world-leading ban and tackle other forms of plastic waste.”

The ban, which bans the manufacture of products containing microbeads, will be augmented later this year with the introduction of a ban on the sale of all products containing microbeads.