Brussels asks ECHA to draw up microplastics ban

The European Chemicals Agency is beginning to prepare a restriction proposal targeted at reducing pollution from microplastics and oxo-plastics, although a ban would not enter force for years

At the request of the European Commission, the European Chemicals Agency is beginning to prepare a restriction proposal targeted at reducing microplastic pollution.

The measure, announced on 17 January, is intended to address the use of intentionally added plastic particles in products for both professional and consumer use, such as paint and detergents.

The restriction would also restrict the use of oxo-plastics, also known as oxo-degradable plastics, which are designed to degrade into particles and have uses as agricultural films, rubbish bags and food packaging. Ironically, the materials were intended to be a solution to plastic pollution by breaking down over time.

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