Burton and Uttoxeter’s MP, Andrew Griffiths, has welcomed last week’s announcement from the Environment Secretary, Michael Gove MP, that the Government will outlaw the use of microbeads in toiletries such as exfoliates and shower gels.
Mr Gove announced that later this year new rules will be introduced which ban companies using the harmful microbeads which are easily swallowed by marine life and sea birds.
Recent estimates suggest that over eight million tonnes of plastic finds its way into oceans every year and the Government is looking at further measures to reduce this figure further.
However, figures also recently published, show that the use of plastic bags is down by over nine billion since the Conservative Government introduced the 5p plastic carrier bag charge in 2015.
Andrew said: “Although we are a fair distance from any sea, everybody cares about the environment and wants to see our world clear of rubbish. I am pleased the Government is committed to improving our environment and ensuring it is looked after for future generations to enjoy. I have had many constituents contact me with their concerns about microbeads and I am pleased that the Government has listened and is acting.”