NZ Bans Microbeads in Products

Cosmetic products containing tiny plastic particles known as microbeads will be banned in New Zealand by May 2018 – earlier than anticipated. Associate Environment Minister Scott Simpson said the ban would also be widened from that first proposed, to include all “wash off” products for visual appearance, exfoliating, cleansing or abrasive cleaning purposes. “Foodstuffs have already removed products with plastic microbeads from their shelves. Major manufacturers are also phasing out plastic microbead ingredients,” Simpson said. “This ban is part of a global initiative to reduce the amount of plastic ending up in oceans. The New Zealand ban parallels similar initiatives … Continue reading NZ Bans Microbeads in Products