Water Contamination Threat Forcing Microbeads Ban Proposal

New York’s water is contaminated with tiny plastic beads known as microbeads, according to Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman, and he is calling for a ban. The law would prohibit New York production, manufacture, distribution and sale of any beauty product, cosmetic or personal care product that contains plastic particles less than 5 millimeters in size. The microbeads are found in facial scrubs, shampoos and toothpaste.

Microbead or microplastic pollution is fast becoming a serious problem, as a result of certain products containing these ingredients from some cosmetic and personal care product manufacturers, and is a very serious threat to our water and to the health of both animals and humans. Consumers can find out if toothpaste, beauty products, personal care products or other cosmetics contain microplastics or microbeads by checking the product ingredient list for “polyethylene” or “polypropylene”.

Many of these microbeads escape from water treatment plants and enter surface water. As a result, microbeads could contaminate drinking water supplies to some private households. Installing a drinking water filtration system in the home should flter out the beads and other contaminants…Read more (PDF)

February 24, 2015


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