The government of the United Kingdom announced in January that the manufacturing companies in the United Kingdom would have to limit the use of minuscule plastic pieces in their product development process. This restriction was on account of detrimental effects of these tiny plastic pieces on the oceans.

Today, a majority of our products contain microbeads. To list a few of these products are the skin-care products such as toothpaste, face washes and body scrubs. When the remaining amounts of such microbead containing products are flushed into the flowing water, they possess enough calibre to damage the marine environment.

The House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee issued a report in this regards in the year 2016. This report highlights that fact that if the manufacturing of microbead containing products is not controlled, then approximately one lakh microbeads find their way to the ocean. And this count corresponds to the microbead discharge from a single shower.

The recent ban on the manufacture of microbead containing products will ultimately disturb the sale of such products.

Michael Gove conveys, “Microbeads might be tiny, but they are lethal to sea creatures and entirely unnecessary. We have led the way in banning these toxic pieces of plastic, but this is by no means the end in our fight. We will now press ahead with our proposals for a deposit return scheme and ban other damaging plastic such as straws.” Michael Gove is the environmental secretary under the government of United Kingdom.

Dr Sue Kinsey conveys, “We are delighted that this robust microbead ban has come into force. This is the strongest and most comprehensive ban to be enacted in the world so far and will help to stem the flow of microplastics into our oceans.” Dr Sue Kinsey is the senior pollution policy officer under the Marine Conservation Society.