California bans the use of Microbeads in Cosmetic Products
With recent increase in the environmental concern, California Assembly has taken a new step to restore balance on the nature and have barred the use of microbeads present in skin care products and toothpastes.
Microbeads are small plastic particles that are used on skin care products and are seemingly harmless from the outside. However, when the bids get washed off people’s faces, it routes through the drainage system, poising the water and affecting the lakes and rivers of America.
Study outlined the size of these bids as small as 1 millimeter in diameter, generating approximately 38 tons of plastic pollution. Scientists estimate that 471 million plastic bids are passed into the San Francisco Bay every day. A facial tube full of skin cream contains 300,000 bids and some contain even more.
The threat that microbeads pose is weighted against the grinding of plastic water bottle and is considered more catastrophic. Due to the puny size of the bids marine creatures find it easy to consume, eventually assisting the pollutant to multiply into the food chain.
Sea creatures take beads for eggs in error and swallow them along with the toxins. The people, in turn, consume the same fish with toxic beads, moving along the way up to the food chain.
If a manufacturer tried to dump 40 tons of plastic pollution into the ocean, they would be arrested and fined for violating the Clean Water Act.” said Mark Murray, executive director of Californians Against Waste. “But these cosmetic and soap makers are doing the same thing on a daily basis with billions of plastic microbeads washed down millions of drains. Enough is enough.”
Numerous states such as Colorado, Illinois and New Jersey have banned microbeads but the regulation still permits biodegradable alternates. Cosmetic product giants like Procter & Gamble and Johnson & Johnson are removing the use of microbeads in their product and heading towards other cost effective supplements. Products with unique characteristic containing beads (apricot pits and walnut shells) are usually expensive.
Richard Bloom, the Democratic state Assembly member in his statement expressed that giant companies have enough product lines with other alternatives and it is a futile attempt to permit the use of synthetic exfoliates.