Green groups push for law vs microbeads

Two pro-environmental groups asked lawmakers to pass a law that will prohibit the manufacture of beauty products containing plastic microbeads that pollute the oceans, harm marine life and threaten public health. With US President Barack Obama’s signing of the Microbead-Free Waters Act on December 28, local environment advocates EcoWaste Coalition and Oceana Philippines urged Congress to consider enacting a similar law that will ban plastic microbeads in cleansing products such as facial wash, shampoo and toothpaste.
The International Campaign against Microbeads in Cosmetics noted  “the microbeads used in personal care products are mainly made of polyethylene (PE), but can also be made of polypropylene (PP), polyethylene terephthalate (PET), polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) and nylon.” (, 13/01/2016)


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