I suspected that banning plastic microbeads in cosmetics was trivial, but I didn’t realise how trivial until I came across this graph.
If anybody would like to read 1000 pages of commissioned reports on the subject, the links are below. Just think what a difference we could make if these minds were put to a more pressing environmental issue.
Postscript: No, I haven’t read them all, because I’d rather read about something more important. But from what I skimmed through, the issue is obviously a bit more complicated than this graph suggests; it’s not easy to estimate numbers and so the data should really be presented with error bars. But an interesting snippet I read was that the EU is considering whether to reclassify tyre dust so that it is no longer considered to be a microplastic. What a genius way of making a problem disappear!