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Bottle deposit scheme could catalyse a two-third reduction in plastic marine litter

A deposit scheme for plastic drink containers could reduce one third of UK plastic seeping into the oceans, with four extra actions able to reduce plastic marine litter even further, new analysis from the Green Alliance thinktank has revealed.

It is estimated that between 80,000 and 219,000 tonnes of microplastics enter the marine environment across Europe per year

Government plans to ban microbeads from cosmetics by October 2017

The UK Government has today (20 December) set out plans to remove microbeads from cosmetics and personal care products by October 2017.

There are estimated to be 5tn pieces of plastic floating in the world’s seas

Tesco and Sainsbury's ban plastic cotton buds to cut waste

The UK's two largest supermarket chains have committed to end the sale of cotton buds with plastic stems, which are the most common litter from toilets flushed on to the country's beaches.

Dagevos called on companies to introduce innovative new design methods that stopped “plastic leakage” into oceans occurring in new closed-loop models

Plastic Soup Foundation: UK microbeads ban first step to implementing plastic circular economy

EXCLUSIVE: The UK Government's decision to introduce a national ban on microbeads can act as an "important step" that mobilises countries to look beyond microbeads in the ocean and focus on creating a plastic circular economy "without leakage".

 Greenpeace welcomes the ban, but said it should be extended to other products, such as detergent, as well

UK government to ban microbeads from cosmetics by end of 2017

Tiny pieces of plastic in personal beauty products, that end up in the oceans and are swallowed by marine life, will be banned from sale in the UK by the end of 2017, the Government announced on Saturday.

The Environmental Audit Committee is demanding a national ban on microbeads by the end of 2017, along with the introduction of a clear labelling scheme during the transitional period

MPs call for outright ban on plastic microbeads from cosmetics products

The UK Government has today (24 August) been urged by the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) to completely ban cosmetic companies from using environmentally harmful plastic microbeads in bathroom products by the end of 2017.


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