“The federal government has officially listed microbeads as a toxic substance, giving it the ability to ban the plastic beads used in cleansers. An online notice published Wednesday says the tiny plastic beads commonly found in facial and body scrubs is now listed as a toxic substance under the Environmental Protection Act, which gives the government the option to control their use or institute an outright ban.” Read more at The Globe and Mail.Read More
“Microbeads, which are tiny plastic beads, are regularly used in personal care products such as skin exfoliators and toothpastes. The law will phase microbeads out of consumer products over the next few years. From July 2017, the manufacture of the plastics will be banned, followed by product-specific manufacturing and sales bans in the following years.” Read more at The Verge.
“On Wednesday, the U.S. House of Representatives’s Energy & Commerce Committee unanimously approved a bill that would prevent the use of the solid plastic microbeads in soaps, cleansers and toothpastes, which pushes it to the rest of the House for consideration. The trouble with this particular type of exfoliant is that the particles, which by the Energy & Commerce Committee’s definition are less than five millimeters in size, tend to wash down the drain and out to sea or into lakes, contributing to plastic pollution.” Read more at Fashionista.com.Read More
“In his ongoing response to The New York Times exposé on worker exploitation in nail salons, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo introduced Friday a nail salon worker’s Bill of Rights. As part of his Nail Salon Industry Enforcement Task Force initiatives, going forward, all nail salons in New York will be required to post the workers Bill of Rights in plain view—for workers and consumers to see.” Read more at Fashionista.com.Read More