U.S. Congress votes to Ban Microbeads in Cosmetics

The House Just Voted to Ban Those Tiny Pieces of Plastic in Your Toothpaste and Face Wash

Microbeads
New act would phase out the tiny pieces of plastic found in soap, toothpaste and body washes, which pollute waters and spread throughout the food chain.

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.

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