The Government is set to announce a ban on the water pollutant known as “microbeads” after a long campaign by environmentalists.
Microbeads are solid plastic particles. They are found in some toothpastes, body scrubs and other cosmetics and give products a “speckled” appearance.
The solid plastic particles however do not biodegrade and so can cause environmental damage when washed down the drain.
Aquatic creatures have also been known to mistake the particles for food.
In May, Environment Minister George Eustice said the Government supported a ban on the substances, signaling a change in approach from previous a previous commitment to a voluntary phase-out.
He however stopped short of a timetable for the ban. The Independent now however understands that the Government will announce a ban at the weekend.
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