“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
“A group of scientists in the UK have revealed new research that suggests the impact of microplastic pollution from cosmetic and personal care products may be even greater than first thought. The scientists, who are based at the University of Plymouth in Southwest England, show that the quantity of plastics contained in products such as scrubs and facial cleaners, means that as many as 100,000 of the tiny microbeads are released with every single application.” Read more at Cosmetics Design.Read More