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Ireland Aims To Be The First EU Member To Ban Microbeads In Cleaners

July 21, 2019: 12:00 AM EST
New legislation introduced in Ireland’s lower house, the Dáil, means the country will, if the bill is passed, be the first in the EU to ban the use of plastic microbeads in household and industrial cleaners. The Microbeads Prohibition Bill would make it an offence to produce or sell such products, mostly used in soaps, shower gels and facial scrubs. They can also be found in some toothpaste and abrasive cleaners. It will include products that are rinsed or washed off down a drain but excludes “leave-on” or “wear-off” products. The bill will pass to committee stage to discuss amendments.[Image Credit: © ID 955169 from Pixabay.com]
Marie O'Halloran, "Ireland to be first EU country to ban plastic microbeads in cleaners, Dáil told", THE IRISH TIMES, July 21, 2019, © THE IRISH TIMES
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