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New Zealand’s Ministry of Environment has begun the enforcement of Waste Minimization (Microbeads) Regulations 2017 on June 7, 2018.

The Regulation prohibits the sale and manufacture of wash-off products that contain plastic microbeads for the purposes of exfoliation, cleaning, abrasive cleaning or visual appearance of the product.

Wash-off products that contain microbeads (such as facial and body exfoliates, toothpastes and heavy-duty hand cleansers) with 1 or more of the following purposes:

  • exfoliation of all or part of a person’s body,
  • cleaning of all or part of a person’s body,
  • abrasive cleaning of any area, surface, or thing,
  • visual appearance of the product.

This Regulation was enacted on December 14, 2017.

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