The ban is the result of UK moves to tackle the growing of plastic ending up in the ocean. Micro plastic beads are used in soap and toothpaste to provide a better scrubbing effect. As there are many natural alternative the industry will still be able to produce the same products.
The problem with the micro plastic beads is hard to see in the first place. But this plastic makes its way in the food food chain of marine life. It can also create layers in the water preventing light to pass through. This affect marine animals and creature like corals.
The ban is part of a series measures to deal with pollution as U.K. government releases a 25-year environment plan that aims to address issues on land and in the ocean and waterways.