EU Clears Our Microbead Ban

Posted November 4th, 2019

Recently I announced the European Commission’s clearance for the restrictions on microbeads contained in our Microbeads Bill 2019. I made the announcement at An Taisce’s Clean Coasts “Love Your Coast” Photography Awards (here).

The Bill will provide for a prohibition of the manufacture, import, export or sale of products containing intentionally added plastic microbeads, to include “rinse-off” personal care products, detergents, and domestic and industrial abrasive cleaning products and scouring agents. While several States legislated to prohibit personal care products containing plastic microbeads Ireland will be the first EU Member State to extend such prohibition to detergents, abrasive scouring agents and other cleaning products.

I am increasingly concerned about the potential risk posed to our aquatic ecosystems by microplastic litter, including plastic microbeads. I know this concern is shared widely, across all parties in the Oireachtas and throughout broader society. While this is an important step, it is only one of many measures we will have to introduce over the coming years to reduce the level of litter and plastic pollution entering our seas and oceans.

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I also announced further measures to protect our marine environment, here.