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New York officials target microbeads; Tiny plastic bits in shampoo, toothpaste


Schneiderman, therefore, has crafted the “Microbead-Free Waters Act,” which is, “first-in-the-nation bipartisan legislation that would prohibit the sale in New York of any beauty product, cosmetic, or other personal-care product containing plastic less than five millimeters in size.”

The New York State Assembly voted unanimously on May 5 to adopt the ban. Assemblyman Robert Sweeney, who worked with Scheiderman on crafting the act, said, “Today, we’ve taken an important step toward ridding our oceans, lakes and waterways of microbeads. People are unwilling to sacrifice water quality just to continue to use products with plastic microbeads. I never met anyone who has wanted plastic on their face or in their fish.”

The Consumer Healthcare Products Association has expressed opposition to the act because the organization views banning microbead use after December 2015 as not allowing enough time for the manufacturers to find alternatives and to sell the product that has already been produced.