The Environmental Protection (Microbeads) (Wales) Regulations 2018

Commencement: 30th June 2018

Amends: New



From 30th June 2018, the manufacture and sale of rinse-off personal care products containing microbeads is prohibited in Wales.

Rinse-off personal care products are products manufactured to be applied to any relevant human body part in the course of any personal care treatment.  This includes shampoo and shaving products.

A microbead is defined as any water-insoluble solid particle of less than or equal to 5mm of any dimension.

This will reduce the release of plastic into the marine environment and lessen harm to marine organisms caused by this form of microplastic.

A person who supplies, or offers to supply, any rinse-off personal care product containing microbeads is guilty of an offence.


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