Marine Environment: Microplastics

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 28th February 2017.

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Photo of Sarah Olney Sarah Olney Liberal Democrat, Richmond Park

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the effect of microbeads used in industrial processes on marine wildlife.

Photo of Therese Coffey Therese Coffey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Our consultation on banning the use of microbeads in cosmetics and personal care products asks for evidence on the extent of the environmental impacts of microplastics, including microbeads, found in other products and processes. This includes whether microbeads are used in industrial processes and whether they end up in the marine environment. If they do we will use this information to inform future UK actions to protect the marine environment.

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