Microbeads – tiny plastic particles used for their abrasive quality in face scrubs and in some other personal care products such as soaps, deodorant, and toothpaste – are clogging waterways and damaging fish and wildlife.
While federal regulators study the problem, alarmed state governments are springing into action.
On May 8, the New York State Legislature passed a bill that would ban the use of microbeads in cosmetics and personal care products. It’s the first state in the nation to enact the legislation. The new law also bans the manufacture of the microbeads.