It’s six months since we last wrote about microbeads, the tiny plastic exfoliating particles used in cosmetics and personal care products such as body scrubs and toothpaste.
Since then, microbeads and other plastic waste in our oceans have made national and international news while anyone who watched Blue Planet II over Christmas can’t have failed to be worried by the long term problems our careless consumption is creating.
However, on 9th January, the UK government enforced a ban on the manufacture of products containing microbeads. Sales of existing products will stop from July.
Environment minister Therese Coffey said: “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,” a reference to plans to reduce other ‘avoidable plastic waste’ such as disposable coffee cups and plastic water bottles, after a successful campaign to minimise the use of plastic bags has seen 9 billion fewer bags being used since a 5p charge was first levied in 2015.
Awareness of the potential harm to the planet and ourselves by using plastics and synthetic ingredients that may get into the water supply is making us much more careful in our product choices. We applaud Sopaer Duper the bath and body brand with a conscience, as the products are carefully formulated and they support the charities Water Aid and Clean the World.
We have also just launched The Gentle Label, a range of plant based ‘no nasties’ home cleaning and laundry products.