Ban on the sale of products containing microbeads in England and Scotland

26 June 2018

Article: 52/2507

A ban on the sale of products containing microbeads came into force on 19 June 2018 across England and Scotland. This is part of the UK Government’s efforts to prevent these harmful pieces of plastic entering the marine environment.

Retailers will no longer be able to sell rinse-off cosmetics and personal care products that contain microbeads – the tiny pieces of plastic often added to products such as face scrubs, soaps, toothpaste and shower gels.

This announcement follows a ban on the manufacture of products containing microbeads in January 2018. 

Source: UK Government, 19 June 2018