New Zealand Assistant Environment Minister Scott Simpson said in a statement that New Zealand will adjust its previous production and sales ban on personal care products with plastic beads, from July 2018 to 2018 month. At the same time, extend the scope of the ban to all plastic beads containing the need to rinse the product.
In January this year, the New Zealand government issued a ban, plans from July 2018 began to prohibit the production and sale of plastic beads containing personal care products, and to the public for comments.
Simpson said the government received 16,000 public feedback after the ban was issued, all supporting the ban, a lot of feedback to extend the scope of the ban to other products containing plastic beads. According to public feedback, the government extended the scope of the ban to the need to rinse the use of products, such as home cleaning, vehicle cleaning and other related products.
The general composition of plastic beads is polyethylene. In personal care products, plastic beads can improve the appearance of the product or used as exfoliating, to the dead skin abrasive
In addition, the British government also said it would later launch a policy prohibiting the use of plastic beads in the production of cosmetics and personal care products (including tooth sticks) later this year.
British Environment Minister Michael Gove on 21 July announced the ban on plastic beads, these plastic beads are easily swallowed by marine life, which is the government to reduce the marine plastic waste made by the commitment. The ban will take effect on June 30, 2018, which is one day ahead of the US ban.
Plastic beads refers to the diameter of less than 5 mm of plastic particles, the general composition of polyethylene. In personal care products, plastic beads can improve the appearance of the product or used as exfoliating, to the dead skin abrasive. After the use of the product, the plastic beads will be washed away from the sewer, like plastic bags, plastic beads can not be biodegradable, easy to be aquatic organisms as food, and thus fish and shellfish caused long-term damage.
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