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# microbeads

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# microplastic pollution
Microbeads have officially been outlawed in Ireland
Microbeads are mostly used in some soaps, shower gels and facial scrubs.
# microbeads
EU gives Ireland the green light to introduce microbead ban
The European Commission has given clearance for the bill.
# Oceans
Irish teenager wins global science award for removing microplastics from water
Fionn Ferreira from Cork received a €45,000 bursary.
# Pollution
Law to ban microbeads in Ireland set to be published
Microbeads are mostly used in some soaps, shower gels and facial scrubs.
# microbeads
The government is declaring war in 2019 (on single-use plastics)
Unnecessary use of the plastics will be completely banned in the public sector.
# green and clean
Ireland set to ban plastic microbeads as Cabinet approves drafting of new law
Microbeads are mostly used in some soaps, shower gels and facial scrubs to exfoliate your skin.
# microbeads
Public health could be 'at risk' from exposure to microplastics in drinking water
A new report from the Environmental Protection Agency delves into the source of microplastics in our waters.
# ban the bead
Ireland can't wait for EU ban on microbeads and is pressing on with its own
The confusion around whether Ireland’s allowed to bring in its own microbead ban without permission from the EU seems to have been cleared up.
# exfoliants
Government to propose its own microbeads ban, calling other parties' bills 'flawed and confused'
The Green Party and Labour have proposed bills on banning microbeads. Fianna Fáil said they’re working on their own one. Now it’s Fine Gael’s turn.
# public consultation
Have an opinion on microbeads? The government wants to hear views on proposed ban
Microbeads are tiny balls of plastic which are most common in soaps, shower gels and facial scrubs, used to exfoliate your skin.
# ban the bead
Government to oppose Greens' bid to ban microbeads, claiming bill breaches EU rules
The bill, which bans the manufacture and sale of products with microbeads, has been criticised as “very restricted”.
# down the drain
Ireland could be next to ban microbeads (if politicians can agree on it)
The Green Party has published a bill on the issue – but it needs cross-party support.
# eco-friendly
Britain wants a global ban on microbeads - so what's Ireland going to do about it?
There has been little or no mention of the effect microbeads have in Ireland – this call from British MPs might change that.
# Banned
US bans soaps, body washes and toothpastes containing microbeads
Microbeads don’t get filtered out by wastewater treatment plants. Instead, they get discharged directly into rivers, lakes, and the ocean.