New legislation seeks to ban microbeads

26 Feb 2014

Courtesy of 5 Gyres

Courtesy of 5 Gyres

In this Michigan Green Law post from December and this post from last July, Arthur mentioned how plastic bits were being found in the Great Lakes and that “microbeads” found in toothpastes and various body washes may be the prime culprit.  Well last week, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Assemblyman Robert Sweeny introduced the Microbead Free Waters Act, which bans the tiny plastic beads used in facial scrubs, shampoos, body washes and toothpaste.  The legislation comes after high concentrations of small plastic microbeads were found in the Great Lakes last year.

5 Gyres, an organization aimed at reducing plastics pollution (and mentioned in Arthur’s July post), was heavily involved in preparing the legislation.  If the legislation becomes law, it will make New York the first to ban the sale of microplastics in personal care products.  It will be interesting to see if and when other states around the Great Lakes follow suit.

Click here for more on 5 Gyres and the proposed legislation.

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