A ban on microbeads has entered into force in the UK – meaning products containing the tiny pieces of plastic can no longer be manufactured in the country.
The move follows pressure from environmental groups and scientists highlighting the contribution microbeads make to the wider problem of plastic pollution – particularly in the marine environment.
It also follows reports from the Environmental Audit Committee concerning the impact of plastic bottles and disposable coffee cups and recommendations to introduce charges on both.
Microbeads are easily overlooked and they are not alone in this regard.
There are many common household products that can have long-term environmental impacts.