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President Obama Signs National Microbead Ban

Plastic microbeads are designed to be washed down the drain but are too small to be reliably captured by wastewater treatment facilities. According to a press release from the Center for Biological Diversity, one tube of exfoliating facewash can contain more than 350,000 microbeads, and it is estimated that 2.9 trillion microbeads enter U.S. waterways […]

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California Microbead Ban Closes Biodegradable Loophole

On Oct. 8, California became the ninth state to impose restrictions on microbeads. The ban, to become effective Jan. 1, 2020, targets the sale and distribution of synthetic beads used as exfoliates or colorants. California joins Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Maryland, New Jersey, and Wisconsin in the ban on microbeads. However, six state bans […]

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Government of Canada Responds to Microbeads

Microbeads, small plastic particles found in various personal care products, can enter the environment when the products that contain them are washed down household drains. Environment Canada scientists have completed a scientific review and analysis of more than 130 scientific papers. The review shows that microbeads may pose a concern to the environment because they […]

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Connecticut and Wisconsin Pass Microbead Bans

On June 30, Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy signed legislation phasing out the manufacture and sale of microbeads in personal care products and over-the-counter drugs, and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker passed a similar ban a day later, making Wisconsin the eighth state to do so. The laws apply to any intentionally added synthetic, solid-plastic particle measured […]

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