Will Bermuda follow or lead the UK’s proposed legal ban on microbeads?

The Guardian newspaper has reported that the UK Government is to announce shortly that “microbeads” – tiny pieces of plastic in personal beauty products – that end up in the oceans and are swallowed by marine life, will be banned from sale in the UK by the end of 2017.

Given Bermuda’s position in the mid-Atlantic, and its obvious interest in preservation of the marine environment, it will be interesting to see whether the Bermuda Government manages to implement a ban on microbeads any sooner than the UK does.

BEST, the Bermuda Environmental Sustainability Taskforce, has been campaigning on this issue for some time: http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20150424/NEWS/150429818

For more information, see:

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/sep/02/uk-government-to-ban-microbeads-from-cosmetics-by-end-of-2017

http://news.sky.com/story/plastic-microbeads-mps-call-for-total-ban-on-use-in-products-10549243

 

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