The United Kingdom has taken an important step in the fight against the contamination of marine ecosystems by prohibiting the use of toxic microplastics in the production of cosmetics and personal care products.
The measure, which entered into force in January of this year, will be completed with a ban on the marketing of these products from next July.
The microplastics in cosmetics The world throws eight million tons a year, Most plastics in the seas are in the depth
These plastic microparticles, less than five millimeters in diameter, are used in the production of products such as exfoliating creams, shower gels and toothpastes.
Many tons of them end up in the seas, where they cause damage to fauna and flora, and even reach, ultimately, to be ingested by human beings.
Recent studies have revealed that 269,000 tons of plastic waste currently float in the oceans. Large pieces can be as small as small ones and small ones are ingested by fish and scale throughout the food chain to humans.
This is dangerous, due to the chemical elements that the plastics contain, as well as the contaminating particles that attract when they are already floating in the marine ecosystem. Microplastics are a small, although significant, part of the global problem, and the activists who are found are the easiest to prevent.
“The countries and oceans of the world are among our most valuable natural assets and I am determined to act now to combat the plastic that devastates our marine life,” said Secretary of State for the Environment, Thérèse Coffey. “The microplastics are totally unnecessary, when there are alternative natural alternatives available, and I am delighted that, from today, the manufacturers of cosmetics are not using these harmful materials to their products”.
“We are confident that this measure marks the dawn of a new era in the fight for cleaner and healthier oceans, with the United Kingdom leading the way and supporting other countries to ensure plastic, stops reaching our oceans,” he said. declared Dilyana Mihaylova, of the NGO Fauna & Flora Internacional.
Ecuador is offering an alternative that is being a success in some countries, this alternative is tagua microbeads, an organic, vegetable and natural material