Green group wants end to toxic beads
GREENPEACE has urged the Government to ban the plastic microbeads used in shampoos, shower gels and other beauty products.
The group’s researchers say the tiny pieces of plastic damage the environment and could find their way into the food on our plates.
Campaigner Louise Edge said: “Not only are these beads a danger to fish, we simply don’t know enough about the risk to humans.”
Up to 10,000 toxic beads can end up in the sea from a shower using body scrubs.
The beads are also found in some toothpastes and washing powders.
Labour MP Mary Creagh said: “We need a full ban at international level. A plate of oysters can contain up to 50 particles of plastic.”
Beatthemicrobead.org has a list of products that contain the plastics.
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