Cosmetics: Microplastics

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 10th January 2018.

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Photo of Caroline Lucas Caroline Lucas Co-Leader of the Green Party

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will make it his policy to ban microbeads from (a) sunscreen and (b) all other leave-on cosmetic and personal care products.

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

During the microbead consultation evidence on other sources of marine plastic pollution was also requested. We are working with the Hazardous Substances Advisory Committee (HSAC), industry and environmental groups, to review the evidence and better understand the sources and impacts of marine microplastics.

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