The Scottish Government has confirmed it will legislate to regulate the use of plastic microbeads in cosmetics.
It follows an announcement from DEFRA which sets out the UK Government’s plans to work with the devolved administrations to ban microbeads in personal care products.
Cabinet Secretary for the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, Roseanna Cunningham, said:
“Plastic microbeads contained in cosmetics damage our marine environment after literally being washed down the drain.
“Here in Scotland we have already been undertaking research on this issue, raising awareness amongst consumers, and encouraging the use of alternatives.
“That’s why I am pleased to confirm Scotland will introduce legislation regulating the use of microbeads.
“We will also work with Whitehall and the devolved administrations to ensure the ban is implemented effectively across the UK.
“Our Marine Litter Strategy is designed to reduce the amount of litter on our coastlines and in the marine environment.
“We will consider the recommendations of a forthcoming consultation and work with local stakeholders to develop regulation and effective implementation across Scotland.”
Kenneth Gibson added:
“Having raised the issue of plastic microbeads in the Scottish Parliament on several occasions, I am pleased to learn that the UK Government has opted to allow Scotland to introduce its own legislation in this regard.
“We have significant marine areas in Cunninghame North and I will be following developments of any future legislation regulating the use of microbeads with a keen eye.”