Welcome to the newest edition of The Why. “Why does California want to ban products with microbeads in them?” you ask? Good question. Timely too. (Plus, it helps us once again avoid addressing some of the nastier questions we get around here on a regular basis. Mind you, we don’t mind the nasty questions but we do have to worry about our Disney-level Google rating. Besides, rumor has it your rascally writer’s mommy now reads some of this stuff at a friend’s house.)
Dianne Depra, a contributor to Tech Times, who more recently reported on this issue, can confirm this. She reports that just this past Friday the California State Assembly passed a bill that is meant “to ban retailers in the state from selling products made with microbeads.”
So why does California want to ban products with microbeads in them? Hardcore fans of my writing may recall this issue was discussed in a news story on toothpaste a long time ago. It has to do with screwing up both our bodies and our very environment—including the food chain—with plastic.
Just in case you’re wondering why microbeads are a big deal, we dug up a statistic. According to the Environmental Working Group there are more than 3,000 products that use polyethylene/microbead plastic.
Depra elaborates: “Made of plastic, these tiny beads are included as an exfoliating ingredient in various consumer products. While they give consumers flawless complexions, they also greatly pollute bodies of water and pose threats to fish and other marine wildlife that mistakenly ingest them and pass the microbeads along the food chain. (See?)
Depra says that Assemblyman Richard Bloom believes that “banning microbeads in consumer products makes more sense than getting cities to install expensive filters for catching them before they make their way into lakes, rivers and oceans.”
Bloom concluded that: “The best way to stop plastic pollution is at the source.”
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