MCS at Commons EAC

Richard Harrington By: Richard Harrington
Date posted: 24 May 2016

Microbeads under the spotlight MCS presented at a meeting of the Commons Environmental Audit Committee today.

Microbeads under the spotlight MCS presented at a meeting of the Commons Environmental Audit Committee today. We were invited, along with partners such as Greenpeace, Fauna and Flora International and the EIA, to give evidence on the impact of microbeads in the environment. The committee showed a real interest and understanding of the issue. MPs expressed surprise at the number of brands routinely using plastic microbeads in product lines, and wondered why there wasn’t more “naming and shaming” of such companies. The British Plastics Federation stated very clearly that they are against the use of microbeads in products. The committee questioned the approach being taken currently by the plastic industry, encouraging a voluntary reduction in microbead use amongst manufacturers. MCS Head of Pollution Dr Laura Foster gave evidence that shows that the voluntary approach so far isn’t working. The committee also questioned whether “biodegradable plastics” were a viable alternative, and whether encouraging behaviour change was resulting in a sufficient response to the issue. This was a hugely encouraging discussion, with the tantalising possibility that a ban on microbeads is a real possibility in the future. How government will act on the findings of the committee is uncertain - please call on David Cameron to ban microbeads today! http://bit.ly/1mfQR5l Photo: Dr Laura Foster, MCS Head of Pollution (right), with Daniel Steadman (FFI) and Sarah Baulch (EIA) pictured before giving evidence to the session this morning.

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