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Ban Wet Wipes Containing Plastic (Now Concluded)

Should the Government ban the manufacture, supply and sale of wet wipes containing plastic? 

There's approximately 5 trillion plastic particles in our oceans, and every day 8 million more enter. The devastating effects of microplastics on our marine life is well documented. This ban would be aimed at reducing plastic and microplastic pollution.

What are microplastics?

Learn about mircoplastics through our short educational videos, created by the Verify Humanity social media team. 

Our Key Points

We're at a critical stage in the climate crisis and marine health is vital to restoring the environmental balance we desperately need. 

Our key points being submitted to this consultation include:

- 100 million marine animals die from plastic pollution each year.

- 700 species are at risk of extinction due to plastic pollution.

- By 2050 there will be more plastic in the sea than fish.
- Blue crab larvae death and development delays linked to microplastic consumption. 
- Steelhead trout become more susceptible to disease due to microplastic ingestion.
- Black sea bass health negatively impacted by microplastic ingestion, new research shows these can be transferred from prey to predator. 


Sources:

https://oceanliteracy.unesco.org/plastic-pollution-ocean/

https://www.condorferries.co.uk/plastic-in-the-ocean-statistics

https://www.onegreenplanet.org/environment/marine-species-extinction-and-plastic-pollution/
https://ourworldindata.org/plastic-pollution#how-much-plastic-enters-the-world-s-oceans

https://marinedebris.noaa.gov/our-work/research
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2022.160901 
https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0111913 

Outcome

This consultation has now concluded. We will update this page with the outcome in due course.

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