Earlier this month the ban on the manufacture of plastic microbeads came into force in the UK, preventing them from being used in cosmetic products. These small pieces of plastic are often used is products such as shower gels and facial scrubs to aid exfoliation. As a result of their small size they often slip through waste water treatment plants, and end up in the sea, which is damaging to marine life. A ban on the sale of these products will follow in July 2018.
This is an important milestone in the fight against plastic waste, a topic which has continued to gain awareness as more information about the damaging effects of plastic becomes available.
However plastic isnt the only cosmetic ingredient that poses a direct risk to marine life. With numerous other chemicals from beauty products ending up in the sea, many with the potential to cause widespread damage, are we likely to see tighter controls on what cosmetic manufacturers can use?