The European Chemicals Agency (Echa) has proposed a wide-ranging ban on ‘intentionally added’ microplastic fibers and fragments, which would apply to leave-on cosmetics such as make-up and moisturisers as well as encapsulation fragrances, according to a report published by The Guardian.

“Microplastics are a growing concern to a number of human rights. The steps proposed by Echa are necessary to help ensure present and future generations can enjoy what is their human right: a clean, healthy and sustainable environment,” Baskut Tuncak, the UN’s special rapporteur on hazardous substances and waste told The Guardian.

The proposal is part of a wider crackdown on plastics across the EU, with taxes to be imposed on single-use plastics and investment piled into recycling infrastructure.