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Friday, April 21 • 13:45 - 15:15
Banning Microbeads From Your Bathroom: The role individuals & businesses play in changing policy LIMITED

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Plastic pollution in the oceans is a serious and widely reported environmental threat which affects hundreds of marine species every year. What is perhaps less well known is the extent to which our oceans are now polluted with microplastics – tiny pieces of plastic measuring less than half a centimetre in size.

Unlike many of the environmental issues facing our planet today, the solutions to this one, start much closer to home…in fact, they might even start in your bathroom!

Amazingly, microplastic ingredients have been added to a wide range of toiletries and cosmetics – products that we unsuspectingly use in our bathrooms and on our persons on a daily basis. As they flow down our sinks and drains, these tiny ingredients can make their way out into the ocean through the nation’s sewage system where they will reside for many years, attracting toxic environmental pollutants to their surfaces and breaking down (very slowly) into ever smaller fragments which can be eaten by even the smallest of plankton.

‘Microbeads’ as they have come to be known, have been firmly in the UK media spotlight for the last few years and last summer, conservationists celebrated the announcement of a UK Government ban on microbeads. In this session, we explore what microbeads are, where they might be lurking in your bathrooms and how a concerted, collaborative effort between the public, NGOs, businesses and policymakers has culminated in a conservation success story in just five years.

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Tanya Cox

Marine Plastics Projects Manager, Fauna & Flora International
I joined FFI in 2012 and am responsible for the day-to-day running of our Marine Plastics programme which aims to adress the extent and impact of marine plastic pollution by improving policies and practices. I have a master’s degree in Oceanography and a keen interest in climate... Read More →
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Dilyana Mihaylova

Marine Plastics Project Officer, Fauna & Flora International
Dilyana Mihaylova has a background in applied ecology and conservation, with research experience in the fields of invasive species ecology, biological oceanography and marine plastic pollution. She joined the marine team at Fauna & Flora International (FFI) in January 2015 as Project... Read More →

Friday April 21, 2017 13:45 - 15:15 BST
Informatics Suite 2 The Laboratory, First Floor