Lewes MP Maria Caulfield has welcomed the start of the ban on the manufacture of products with microbeads which has come into force.

Environment Minister Thérèse Coffey has announced that manufacturers of cosmetics and personal care products will no longer be able to add tiny pieces of plastic known as ‘microbeads’ to rinse-off products such as face scrubs, toothpastes and shower gels. The ban commenced on 9th January 2018.

These damaging beads can cause serious harm to marine life, but the UK’s ban – praised by campaigners as one of the toughest in the world – will help to stop billions of microbeads ending up in the ocean every year. Alongside the success of the government’s 5p plastic bag charge – which has taken nine billion bags out of circulation – the ban puts the UK at the forefront of international efforts to crack down on plastic pollution.

Maria Caulfield MP said “Having taken part in beach clean ups at the Cuckmere in my constituency and seen how much plastic washes up, I’m pleased that this ban on microbead manufacture has now come into force. This Conservative Government is doing some excellent work on the environment and I’m looking forward to the ban on sales of microbead products later this year and further announcements on plastics in the coming months.”

A ban on the sale of products containing microbeads will follow later in the year.


Photographed, Maria Caulfield MP at a litter pick at Cuckmere Haven