Plastic Microbead Ban Legislation Passes US House

In a unanimous voice vote on September 12, 2015, the U.S. House of Representatives has approved a bill that would prohibit plastic microbeads used in formulations beginning on January 1, 2018. With an aim to protect U.S. waterways from synthetic plastic microbeads, the Microbead-Free Waters Act of 2015 co-sponsored by Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) and Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) amends the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to prohibit the manufacture and sale of personal care products that contain microbeads.

Nine U.S. states, most recently California, have passed legislation to ban microbeads and several other jurisdicĀ¬tions, including New York, are in discussions to implement similar bans on the state and local levels. The U.S. Senate still needs to vote on the matter of a national ban.

Ecomyx Beads 1640 are Acme-Hardesty’s natural alternative to plastic microbeads. Ecomyx Beads can be used in formulations requiring an exfoliant without negative impact to the environment. The beads are produced from plant based materials and are completely bio-based in their origin. Contact an Acme-Hardesty sales representative for more information. Samples are available upon request.

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