18 Aug 2017

Microbead Ban

From Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm, 1:24 pm on 18 August 2017
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Just off the back of research showing the damage caused by small plastic in our oceans, here in New Zealand the government has put a ban on sales and manufacture of wash-off products containing plastic microbeads.

Associate Environment Minister Scott Simpson said the ban was going to come into effect earlier than originally planned because of the impact on marine life.

It's a victory for the New Zealand Product Stewardship Council which had been lobbying for the ban.

Dr Trisia Farrelly is a co-founder of the council and Massey University lecturer, talks to Jesse about their win.

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