microplastics

Microbeads in the spotlight!

Posted by Louisa Casson — 2 March 2017 at 12:00am - Comments

This week, microbeads shot up the political agenda (again) - thanks to Greenpeace supporters (again!) and a host of coalition members.

Plastics

Last edited 7 November 2016 at 12:15pm

Right now an estimated 12.7 million tonnes of plastic – everything from plastic bottles and bags to microbeads – end up in our oceans each year. That’s a truck load of rubbish a minute.

Lion fish in the Maldives
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UK Government plans to outlaw microbeads! But a limited ban won't do.

Posted by Fiona Nicholls — 7 September 2016 at 8:43am - Comments
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This weekend, the Environment Secretary Andrea Leadsom announced a plan to ban microbeads from cosmetic products like face scrubs, toothpastes and shower gels. This is brilliant news for the 350,000 people who have signed our petition in collaboration with Fauna & Flora International, the Marine Conservation Society and the Environmental Investigation Agency. It shows the government is taking steps to protect our oceans from this pointless plastic pollution. BUT… (oh why is there always a ‘but’?!)

Greenpeace report identifies growing risk of plastic in seafood

Last edited 25 August 2016 at 9:07am
25 August, 2016

Just a day after a cross-party group of MPs called on the Government to ban microbeads, a new Greenpeace report lays out the science on the impact of microplastics, including microbeads, on our oceans and our seafood.

The report, which collates the latest academic research, identifies the risks of these tiny plastics spreading toxic chemicals, being eaten by marine life and even travelling up the food chain to the seafood on our plates.  

Plastics in Seafood

Last edited 25 August 2016 at 6:56am

This report lays out the science on the impact of microplastics, including microbeads, on our oceans and our seafood.

Plastics in Seafood, which collates the latest academic research, identifies the risks of these tiny plastics spreading toxic chemicals, being eaten by marine life and even travelling up the food chain to the seafood on our plates.

Microbeads ban creeps closer as MPs demand action

Posted by Fiona Nicholls — 24 August 2016 at 2:20pm - Comments
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MPs call for microbeads ban

Great news this morning - an influential government committee just backed our call for a ban on microbeads!<--break->

Sign the petition - ask Theresa May’s Government to show leadership on this important environmental issue and ban microbeads.

From L’Oreal to Revlon, which brands are polluting the ocean with microbeads?

Posted by Elisabeth Whitebread — 21 July 2016 at 11:27am - Comments
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(PS - it’s all of them!)<--break->

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