Oct 13 , 2020
In a statistic that blows my mind, the EU releases microplastics 6 times bigger than the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch” into the environment every year. EVERY YEAR. This statistic doesn’t even begin to sink in until you see just how big the GPGP really is.
The number is equivalent to 10bn plastic bottles. This is why I am happy to announce the EU is planning a wide-ranging move that will pulverise this statistic, banning 90% of microplpastic pollutants in an attempt to cut out 400,000 tonnes of plastic pollution in 20 years.
The ban will start in 2020 and will require huge design overhauls for cosmetics, detergents, paints, polish and coatings, as well as products in the construction, agriculture and fossil fuels industries.
The aim is to completely remove all microplastics that have been added to products for no other reason than convenience or profit.
Make no mistake about it, this is a big win for anyone who cares about the environment.
This move is a lot more comprehensive than the UK’s ban on plastic microbeads last year, and could pave the way for further sweeping law changes in the EU. Fingers crossed it does!
Watch this space.