Help us push for a ban on microbeads throughout Europe

Richard Harrington By: Richard Harrington
Date posted: 14 April 2016

Thousands of people have helped us push for a ban on microbeads in the UK.

Thousands of people have helped us push for a ban on microbeads in the UK. Now we want to go one step further and get the EU talking about a ban! Seas at Risk The Marine Conservation Society is a member of Seas At Risk - a coalition of European environmental groups. Together, we’ve been working with the British MEP Catherine Bearder to develop a written declaration from the European Parliament calling on the Commission to address the issue of microbeads in personal care products (see the text here Public pressure is needed This kind of declaration is a good way for Parliament to put pressure on the Commission to develop legislation. There have already been several countries calling for this action yet still the Commission hesitates, so additional pressure from MEPs is needed. To get the declaration to pass, it needs 360 MEPs to sign it, and we have until May 1st to achieve this. MEPs are far more likely to sign with a bit of pressure from their home constituents. This action is now closed, thank you to everyone who took part! To find out more on this story, go here

Actions you can take

  1. Join the Plastic Challenge
  2. Learn about Deposit Return Systems
  3. Join a beach clean
  4. Find out more about nurdles
  5. NGO microbead briefing paper
  6. Read our microbead ban position statement

Did you know?…

Over time, one plastic bottle bobbing along in the ocean can break down in to hundreds of tiny plastic pieces

Every day millions of microplastics enter the sea from personal care products such as scrubs and toothpastes