President Obama signs Microbead-Free Waters Act of 2015 into law

December 30, 2015

Photo Credit: Julie Larsen Maher © WCS

In a statement, the White House announced the signing of this needed act, which contains restrictions on the tiny pollutants contained in personal care products that are harming wildlife across the country.

As you may know, hundreds of products, including soaps, shampoos, and toothpastes, feature these tiny plastics. They are a common ingredient in exfoliants. But thanks to scientific studies, we know that microbeads make their way from our drains into our waterways, collecting dangerous toxins along the way. They then enter the food chain, as fish mistake them for something to eat.

H.R. 1321 is an important legislative step toward preventing microbeads from entering our waters.

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