The Environment Ministry said Wednesday it plans to urge companies to reduce their use of microplastics, amid heightened global concern over marine pollution.

Under an updated policy that the ministry plans to compile by year-end, companies would be asked to curb use of microbeads in face wash and toothpaste. Restaurants and shops would also be asked to refrain from using plastic bags and straws.

The ministry unveiled the draft of the revised policy as a panel of experts met Wednesday.