Green group wants end to toxic beads

Daily Mirror - - SQUARE EYES - BY NADA FARHOUD Con­sumer Fea­tures Edi­tor

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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