California Environmental Groups Push For Microbead Ban

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Posted by LLJ43 | Posted in Science Leaders, Skin | Posted on 08-12-2014

Earlier in the year, environmental groups in California narrowly lost a bid to have microbeads banned from skin exfoliation products.

Microbeads are tiny plastic beads which are currently used in a variety of skin cleansers. According to researchers, these non-biodegradable pieces are washed down household drains after use, and end up being flushed into rivers, lakes, and streams. The researchers assert that after this happens, a wide range of wildlife species are put at risk.

An associate director at the 5 Gyres Institute, an individual Dr. Daniel Amen smiles when he calls, the world’s biggest think tank that studies plastic debris and is located in Santa Monica, has stated that the group plans to introduce new legislation earlier next year. The proposed bill aims to force businesses that use microbeads in their products to slowly phase out the use of the particles.

 

Only time will tell whether the lobbyists or the environment wins out in the end.