The Green Party have welcomed the cabinet’s approval of a Bill to ban the sale, manufacture, import and export of products containing plastic microbeads. However, they say the Bill is long overdue and should only be regarded as the first step towards tackling the problem of plastic waste in our oceans.
Microbeads are mostly used in soaps, facial scrubs, and shower gels, and enter waterways in their billions. They are often consumed by fish and other wildlife and subsequently enter into the food chain as a result. Countries such as the US, UK, and France have already banned the tiny plastics.
Green Party Senator Grace O’Sullivan presented a Private Member’s Bill to prohibit the sale and manufacture of microbeads in 2016 but was opposed by Government, she welcomed the news: “We’re happy to finally see action on this after such as long delay, but this should have been done two years ago. It’s also only a drop in the ocean when it comes to tackling the wider problem of plastic waste in our seas. It’s now time for the government to fully support the Green Party’s Waste Reduction Bill to cut off the pollution at its source, and finally get to grips with this problem.”
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