Monday 7 DEcember 2015, the US House of Representatives voted to phase out microbeads, the little pieces of plastic that act as exfoliants in personal-care products ranging from face wash to toothpaste. The bill, which had been backed by a bipartisan committee, will now go to the Senate for approval.
The bill was introduced last year by Rep. Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) and would ban the use of synthetic microplastics in cosmetics by 2018.
Sources and more information
- The House Just Voted to Ban Those Tiny Pieces of Plastic in Your Toothpaste, motherjones, Dec. 8, 2015.
- Congress Votes To Ban Microbeads In Personal Care Products, hngn, Dec. 8, 2015.
- US to ban soaps and other products containing microbeads, theguardian, 8 December 2015.
- Congress to vote on bill to ban microbead hygiene products in US, theguardian, 18 November 2015.