Microplastics APPG

First Registered: 04/11/2020 • Last updated on: 06/10/2021

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To raise awareness of the effect microplastics have on the environment. The group will also work cross-party with stakeholders to discuss potential policy solutions.

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Recent Documents related to Microplastics

1. Install microplastic filters on new washing machines as standard
22/03/2019 - Petitions

Found: wash can shed up to 700,000 microplastics into our ecosystem. Microplastics are now in our rivers and

2. Government launches microplastics research to protect oceans
04/05/2018 - Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
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Found: Government launches microplastics research to protect oceans - GOV.UK

3. Microbeads and microplastics in cosmetic and personal care products
04/01/2017 - Parliamentary Research

Found: Number 7510, 4 January 2017 Microbeads and microplastics in cosmetic and personal care products By David

4. Proposed ban on microbeads
02/03/2017 - Parliamentary Research

Found: Commons Library Briefing Paper: Microbeads and microplastics in cosmetic and personal care products Contents

5. A review of research on marine plastics in SEA: Who does what?
28/06/2019 - Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office
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Found: general, compared to the quantification of microplastics. For the sampling of plastics in the marine

Latest Documents
Recent Speeches related to Microplastics

1. Environmental Protection (Plastic Straws, Cotton Buds and Stirrers) (England) Regulations 2020
10/07/2020 - Lords Chamber

1: Furthermore, plastic will eventually break down into microplastics, ending up in our soils and seas and permeating - Speech Link
2: Island, off the north-east tip of Antarctica, microplastics were found in the intestines of Antarctic springtails - Speech Link
3: associated medical problems. The inhalation of microplastics is causing health difficulties in textile workers - Speech Link

2. Microbead Ban
08/03/2017 - Westminster Hall

1: Environmental Audit Committee, Environmental impact of microplastics, HC 179, and the Government Response, HC 802 - Speech Link
2: eating fish. One study revealed that in 2009, microplastics were found in 36.5% of fish caught by trawlers - Speech Link
3: level playing field within the industry.Microplastics from the cosmetics and personal care industry - Speech Link

3. Plastic Pollution (No. 2)
03/07/2019 - Commons Chamber

1: we cannot see. Plastic breaks down to become microplastics, and once they are in the ocean they are next - Speech Link

4. Environmental Protection (Microbeads) (England) Regulations 2017
18/12/2017 - Lords Chamber

1: seas and oceans.Evidence concerning microplastics has provided us with information about the potential - Speech Link
2: conducting a review. Fish digestive systems, where microplastics are likely to get caught, are usually removed - Speech Link

5. Plastics: Reduction in Use
07/05/2019 - Lords Chamber

1: “biodegradable plastic”, one of which is concern over microplastics, which is why we need to undertake more research - Speech Link

Latest Speeches
Recent Questions related to Microplastics
1. Microplastics
asked by: Paul Farrelly
... what steps his Department is taking to tackle micro-plastic contamination on land; and if he will make a statement.

2. Microplastics
asked by: Danielle Rowley
... what steps his Department is taking to (a) prevent microplastics from entering the natural environment and (b) tackle the damage caused by microplastics that are in the natural environment.

3. Microplastics
asked by: Laura Smith
... if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of bringing forward legislative proposals to ban the use of microplastics in products.

4. Food: Microplastics
asked by: Greg Knight
... what assessment he has made of current levels of micro plastics in food destined for human consumption; and if he will make a statement.

5. Food: Microplastics
asked by: Greg Knight
... if he will (a) undertake research into current micro plastic levels in food destined for human consumption and (b) make an assessment of the trend in those levels; and if he will make a statement.

Latest Questions
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6 Current APPG Officers
Alberto Costa Portrait
Alberto Costa
Chair & Registered Contact
Conservative - South Leicestershire
Joined: 4th November 2020
Lord Brennan Portrait
Lord Brennan
Vice Chair
Non-affiliated - Life peer
Joined: 4th November 2020
4 APPG Memberships
British Council , Mexico , Spain , Thailand
Anne-Marie Trevelyan Portrait
Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Conservative - Berwick-upon-Tweed
Joined: 4th November 2020
1 APPG Membership
Armed Forces Covenant
Contact Details

Registered Contact:

Alberto Costa MP, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA. Tel: 020 7219 4936.

Email: alberto.costa.mp@parliament.uk

Public Enquiry Point:

Fiona Thomas, National Federation of Women's Institutes, 104 New King's Road, London SW6 4LY. Tel: 020 7371 9300

Email: f.thomas@nfwi.org.uk


National Federation of Women's Institutes, acts as the group's secretariat. https://www.thewi.org.uk/

Group's Website:


Benefits in Kind
21 Sep 2021
National Federation of Women’s Institutes
Cost of producing and launching a report
14 Sep 2020
National Federation of Women's Institutes
Secretariat   From : 14/09/2020 To : 13/09/2021

No direct financial benefits are on record for the Microplastics APPG