Saturday, December 12, 2015

An Update About Microbeads


In the last two weeks there has been a tremendous push and renewed support for the banning of microbeads nationally rather than on a state by state level.  The Microbead-Free Waters Act of 2015 has just passed the House.  While this is not a complete victory, it is close.  You can read all about the whole status on one my colleagues previous posts (posted 12/11/15).  There is two parts to this Act that are important.  It is a staggered plan. The Act if approved goes into affect 2017, which ban companies from manufacturing until 2018, and sales removal in 2019.  That is another 2 years of sales!  If this passes the senate please remember it is still important to vote with your money for the next 2 years by not purchasing Microbeaded products.  Remember this problem is way larger than it should be.  As the Smithsonian explained, “Because microbeads are so small, they often escape sewers' water filters, flushing out into open waters. In 2013, scientists studying microplastics in Lake Ontario found that the lake alone had about 1.1 million miniscule plastic particles per square kilometer…”(Smithsonian.com).


References:


References(images):
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/five-things-know-about-congress-vote-ban-microbeads-180957501/?no-ist

No comments:

Post a Comment