Thailand will ban the import, manufacture and sale of beauty products containing microplastics from January 1, 2020, the ministry of public health announced Thursday.
The public health ministry said in a statement that microplastics used in cleaning products such as scrubs do not degrade in water or in the natural environment because they are so small that they often end up in sewage systems and then in the ocean.
The UK, for example, banned microplastics in cosmetics and personal care products in 2018 for fear of endangering Marine life, the department of public health said.
Nowadays, plastic pollution poses a serious threat to the global ecosystem, especially rivers, lakes and oceans. It is not only harmful to Marine and freshwater life, but also damages the beauty of beaches.
Plastic also enters the body along the food chain, affecting human health.
The average person eats about five grams of plastic a week, the equivalent of a credit card, according to the WWF study.