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MPs call for ban on plastic microbeads in cosmetics

MPs are calling for a ban on plastic microbeads found in many cosmetics and toiletries.

The Environmental Audit Committee says the tiny balls of plastic used in shower gels and facial scrubs can even be found in Arctic sea-ice and on the ocean floor.

The MPs say synthetic fibres from worn car tyres and fleece jackets may also be harming wildlife.

Joanna Gosling spoke to correspondent Lesley Ashmall and Dr Laura Foster about the issue.

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  • 24 Aug 2016
  • From the section UK
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