Microbeads should be banned by Britain without waiting for EU approval, campaigners said last night. They urged Theresa May to take unilateral action against the plastics used in shower gels, toothpastes and anti-ageing creams. Microbeads are flushed into rivers and seas by the trillion where they attract toxins, threaten marine life and can reach the human food chain. In an unprecedented joint statement, the campaigners accused beauty firms of ‘dragging their feet’. The European Commission is considering a ban but MPs from all parties and environmental groups want one now. And today the Daily Mail also calls for the beads to be banished. Louise Edge of Greenpeace, which signed the campaigners’ statement, said: ‘It’s common sense to most people that pouring plastic into the sea is a terrible idea. ‘And even now that companies are under the spotlight and seem to acknowledge that microbeads are a bad idea, they are still not making commitments that cover all their products or all kinds of plastic.’ But Mary Creagh, who chairs the Commons environmental audit committee, said: ‘A voluntary approach to phasing out plastic microbeads sim...