Illinois could be first state to ban microbeads

Tiny plastic particles identified in quite a few facial cleansers and soaps meant to cleanse and smooth skin would be phased out of solutions sold in Illinois by 2018 in a measure getting advanced via the state legislature.   The spheres, about the size...

Illinois could be first state to ban microbeads

Tiny plastic particles identified in quite a few facial cleansers and soaps meant to cleanse and smooth skin would be phased out of solutions sold in Illinois by 2018 in a measure getting advanced via the state legislature.

 

The spheres, about the size of a pinhead, are deemed secure for humans but are non-biodegradable and bypass sewage systems, officials supporting the bill said Wednesday at a press conference at Shedd Aquarium, a supporter of the policy.

 

The plastic particles finish up receiving discharged into rivers and lakes, and are so smaller they can be ingested by, and harm, fish and other wildlife, and they&rsquove been identified in sediment in the Fantastic Lakes, mentioned Sen. Heather Steans, D-Chicago, who sponsored the measure in the Illinois Senate, exactly where it was approved with no opposition final week.

 

While environmental issues are driving the measure, cosmetic market officials also help it. The measure gives them time to phase the ingredient out of their cleansers and toothpastes, given that the measure wouldn&rsquot take effect until about years from now.

 

Many sector giants, like Johnson & Johnson and L&rsquoOreal, have currently gone public to discuss their efforts in phasing out the use of microbeads, while also  testing use of alternative organic solutions, like ground seeds or nuts.

 

The bill would prohibit the manufacture of private care merchandise containing the microbeads beginning Dec. 31, 2017, though their sale in the state would be prohibited beginning Dec. 31, 2018. Equivalent bills have been proposed in Ohio, New York and Minnesota.

 

Steans said the bill is a result of environmental groups and personal care business officials working with each other.

 

&ldquoWe got an agreed-to bill now,&rdquo she said.

 

The measure is expected to go ahead of the Illinois Property this Spring and achieve approval, said Rep. Kelly Cassidy, D-Chicago, a sponsor of the measure in the Property.

 

mmanchir@tribune.com

 

tgoldenstein@tribune.com

 

 

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16 April 2014 Wednesday 15:06
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