European Chemicals Agency draft law aims to cut 400,000 tonnes of plastic pollution
A marine biologist holds up a sample of seawater containing microplastics. Photograph: Eric Gaillard/Reuters
A wide-ranging ban on microplastics covering about 90% of pollutants has been proposed by the EU in an attempt to cut 400,000 tonnes of plastic pollution in 20 years.
The phasing out proposed by the European Chemicals Agency (Echa) would remove 36,000 tonnes a year of “intentionally added” microplastic fibres and fragments, starting in 2020.
Cosmetics, detergents, paints, polish and coatings would all require design overhauls, as would products in the construction, agriculture and fossil fuels sectors.
The draft law targets microplastics that are not necessary but have been added to products by manufacturers for convenience or profit MORE