In a move described as a “micro-sized miracle,” President Barack Obama on Monday signed into law a bill banning the manufacture of beauty products containing miniscule plastic particles, known as microbeads.
Environmental groups have long-sought such a ban and heralded the move as an “important step toward addressing the global crisis of microplastic pollution.”
“Our oceans are inundated with microplastics that threaten sea birds, turtles and other marine wildlife. Now we can stop adding to the trillions of pieces already out there,” said Blake Kopcho, oceans campaigner with the Center for Biological Diversity.
“This will eliminate a pointless and harmful source of plastic pollution before it ever has a chance to reach the oceans,” Kopcho added.
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The Microbead-Free Waters Act, passed by Congress last week, phases out the manufacture of face wash, toothpaste, and shampoo containing plastic microbeads by July 1, 2017 and the sale of such beauty products by July 1, 2018.
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