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Professor Galloway's work played a crucial role in the recent banning of microbeads from cosmetics

OBE for scientist demonstrating devastating impact of plastic pollution

A scientist whose work demonstrates the devastating impact of plastic pollution has been appointed OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Professor Tamara Galloway is investigating how plastics and the chemicals they contain can permeate the food chain of all creatures, including humans.

Her work played a crucial role in the recent banning of microbeads from cosmetics and cleaning products – meaning 4,000 tonnes are no longer released into the ocean.

Professor Galloway, recognised for her services to environmental science, said: “It feels fantastic to have been appointed OBE. I’m passionate about protecting the environment and I feel very proud that my work has generated wide public interest, and that major changes have been made because of it.

“Ultimately, if my work helps to protect the natural world for future generations, then I’m happy.”

Research by Professor Galloway and her team has also been instrumental in reducing the use of bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical used in the manufacture of plastic bottles that has been associated with adverse health effects.

Professor Galloway and her colleagues are now investigating how we can make the plastic economy more sustainable by closing the production to waste loop so that used plastic is recycled back to the source and none escapes out to sea as pollution

Professor Sir Steve Smith, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Exeter said: “I am absolutely delighted that Tamara has been appointed OBE. Her work is making a crucial difference to our understanding of how detrimental microplastic pollution is to the environment.

“Tamara’s work has resulted in action being taken, and is encouraging us to think about how we use plastic in our everyday lives, and find ways to reduce its use.”

 

Date: 8 June 2019

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