Did you know that ONE product that contains microbeads also known as the ingredients polyethylene and polypropylene contains at much as 350,000 tiny plastic microbeads; O N E.
Last year, I wrote a post about the dangers of microbeads that are found in popular face and hand products. In it, I stated that the 1mm microbeads do not dissolve but instead end up in the great lakes where small animals like salmon may digest them and we in turn, harvest and consume them with the harmful microbeads and the pollutants they may have carried along the waters within their systems; Read Here.
Since then, there have been a lot of movement for the abolishment of microbeads in our waters; the bill, H.R.1321 – To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to prohibit the manufacture and introduction or delivery for introduction into interstate commerce of rinse-off cosmetics containing intentionally-added plastic microbeads. was originally introduced to the House in March, 2015 by Representative Fred Upton (Michigan, R) and Amended and reintroduced to the House by Representative Frank Pallone, Jr (New Jersey, D). The Bill, calls for a ban against cosmetic products that contain synthetic plastic microbeads beginning on January 1, 2018; with companies ceasing production of products that contain microbeads by July, 2017; went on to pass within the House on 7th December, 2015.
Now it’s in the hands of the Senate, will update on this Bill’s progress.
Smartnews/Smithsonian: “Five Things to Know About Congress’ Vote to Ban Microbeads”
New York’s Movement: “New York City’s Microbead Moment”