Greens call for ban on cosmetic ‘microbeads’

The Green Party has called for a ban on a new type of plastic technology used in cosmetics which could poison marine life and damage eco-systems.

Microbeads are tiny plastic particles which are added to scrubs and cosmetics to help improve their effectiveness. Hardly visible to the eye, when washed off these beads pass unhindered through water treatment centres and eventually into the world’s oceans. They then become absorbed by fish and other sea creatures and can end up being eaten by humans.

As many as 94,000 such microbeads can be released into the water system in a single use, according to recent scientific research.

Although there are plans to phase these plastics out by the 2020s, the Green Party is calling for faster UK action to fall in line with the USA, who plan to ban from 2017.

In the meantime, the North Sea Foundation has introduced a phone app, to allow people to scan their cosmetic and scrubbing products to see if they are already free from these new plastics.

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Green Party calls for ban on microbeads

Phone app – beat the microbead

Kat Boettge selected for Europe run

KatBoettge Broxtowe Green Party member, and former Kimberley Town councillor, Kat Boettge, has been selected by the regional party to fight the next European elections as the lead candidate. Kat will be leading the regional party’s campaign to keep the UK in the EU over the coming months.

 

Kat said: “I fear that the EU referendum debate will be hi-jacked by migration and scare mongering. As an EU immigrant myself, I have found this very troubling and saddening. Our climate, the need for energy and wildlife do not have borders; it makes sense to address these across our borders. Additionally the EU has benefited us greatly; it has helped farmers, protected workers’ rights and it has allowed us all to live in any EU country we wish.”

 

Originally from Germany, Kat has lived in Nottingham for 16 years. She was the East Midlands Green Party lead candidate in the previous 2014 elections. Kat is a single parent, and is working as a psychotherapist. She has had various positions within the Green Party, including being the previous regional chair, the national Green Party’s spokesperson for social care and a Town Councillor for Kimberley.

The 2019 European elections will be fought under a proportional party-list system. Kat will be the number one candidate on the Green Party’s East Midlands list and so stands a good chance of being elected an MEP.