Did you know that there are trillions of tiny plastic particles washing round in our seas, rivers and oceans? Today Parliament's Environmental Audit Committee, which I chair, is calling for the Government to ban on microbeads in cosmetic products.
These mircobeads or mircoplastics come from everyday cosmetics we all use, like toothpaste, shower gel and shaving foam.
Trillions of tiny pieces of plastic are accumulating in the world's oceans, lakes and estuaries, harming marine life and entering the food chain. The microbeads in scrubs, shower gels and toothpastes are an avoidable part of this plastic pollution problem. A single shower can result in 100,000 plastic particles entering the ocean.
Cosmetic companies' voluntary approach to phasing out plastic microbeads simply won't wash. We need a full legal ban, preferably at an international level as pollution does not respect borders.
If this isn't possible after our vote to leave the EU, then the Government should introduce a national ban. The best way to reduce this pollution is to prevent plastic being flushed into the sea in the first place.