California to phase out microbeads used in soaps, toothpaste

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation that requires California to phase out the use of microscopic beads in personal care products sold in the state starting in 2020 to protect fish and wildlife.

Previous versions of the ban passed the Assembly but failed in the Senate. Republicans say late amendments to the measure prompted many business critics to drop their opposition to California joining several other states in eliminating the so-called microbeads.

The exfoliating beads found in soap, and body washes are so small that they are showing up in the bodies of fish and other wildlife after passing through water filtration systems without disintegrating.

A number of companies are replacing microbeads with such as ground-up fruit pits.


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Oct 09, 2015
Although this is a good first step, microbeads is only one part of the "aquatic plastic problem" as there are products that contain fibers, shards and other tiny items made of plastic that are being ingested by fish and other aquatic life. Too bad California's ban on microbeads did include these as well.

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