Illinois set to become first state to ban microbeads
Posted on 17 April 2014
Illinois could soon become the first state to ban microbeads, the tiny plastic particles added to many body cleansers and toothpastes that have fast become an environmental menace.
A number of brand-name products use microbeads to aid exfoliation, giving consumers a well-scrubbed feeling.
But recent scientific investigations have shown that the micro plastic balls are also found in major lakes and other waterways that communities rely on for drinking water, where they absorb toxic chemicals released into the environment and are eaten by fish, which mistake them for food.