MPs Demand A Worldwide Ban On Plastic Microbeads In Cosmetics

Posted: Aug 24 2016, 9:24am CDT | by , in Latest Science News


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MPs Demand a Worldwide Ban on Plastic Microbeads in Cosmetics
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  • British Government Committee calls for an End to Microbeads

A British government committee has called for an end to microbeads which only contribute to pollution.

Britain’s parliamentary committee is thinking of putting a ban on microbeads. These plastic units tend to have a polluting effect. The world’s oceans have become a virtual cesspool thanks to these agents of pollution released into the environment by mankind.

The small plastic units are commonly found in smooth facial scrubs, aromatic shower gels and effective toothpastes. The marine environment is being badly affected thanks to these agents of pollution.

Their size alone dictates the fact that they will accidentally be gulped down by marine life forms. This can be a life-threatening situation for these marine animals. They thus enter the food webs and cause a range of symptoms which go on to wreak havoc on the biodiversity of the world’s oceans.

Although many cosmetics companies have ended their use thanks to greater awareness, now the legislators are getting tough and will not be taking this nonsense anymore. It is indeed now or never. By the end of next year, these microbeads will have gone with the wind.

Pollution is something which does not stop at any border or barrier. It keeps spreading and when you say “I don’t care” you will ultimately be facing the wrath of the pollutants one fine day when they reach your doorstep.

According to BBC, the ban ought to be imposed as soon as possible since we have ourselves an emergency right now. Microbeads have penetrated the environment down to the Arctic sea ice and the floor of the world’s oceans.

Other sources of pollution include the vulcanized rubber on radial car wheels and the fleece on many jackets that get discarded. Many members of parliament have finally put their foot down as far as microbeads are concerned.

A person who takes a shower and uses a shower gel automatically adds 100,000 plastic microbeads to the environment. It is about time the matter was settled once and for all. Nobody wants the environment getting dirty and filled with gunk.

Other sources of microbeads include bags, bottles and fishing equipment. From 15 to 51 trillion microplastic beads have infiltrated the waterways of the global village.

This is a catastrophe. Once microbeads enter the nutrition of marine life forms, they pose a threat to humans who consume these marine life forms too.

So our negligence ultimately harms us as well. The sooner this conundrum is resolved, the better it will be for the planet and its denizens whether they be humans, animals or plants.

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