Irish ban on microplastics
On 20 February 2020 the Microbeads (Prohibition) Act 2019 came into effect in Ireland. The Act prohibits the manufacture or the placing on the market of a cosmetic of cleaning product containing microbeads. Microbeads in medicinal products or sunscreen are exempted.
While several EU countries have already banned the use of microplastics in cosmetic products, Ireland is the first to also ban microbeads in cleaning products.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is responsible for the implementation of the law.
Read more at these links to relevant articles and documentation:
- Microbeads (Prohibition) Act 2019 – full act
- Chemical Watch: “Irish ban on microplastics in rinse-off products enters into force“
- Green News: “Law to ban microbeads comes into effect“
- TheJournal.ie: “Microbeads have officially been outlawed in Ireland“