#HeadlineNews: Illinois could be first state to ban microbeads
The tiny plastic particles found in many facial cleansers and soaps promise a gentle scrubbing and
luxuriously smooth skin.
But those little beads of grit are also piling up in waterways, where they can suck up toxins and harm
wildlife, environmentalists say. Because of those concerns, Illinois is one of several states considering
legislation to force manufacturers to drop products that use the particles, called microbeads.
A measure advancing through the General Assembly in Springfield this spring would phase out the
sale of microbeads by the end of 2018. Major soap manufacturers, some of which already have plans
to stop using microbeads, support the legislation. An environmental group working to reduce plastic
pollution says, however, that the state’s timetable is too lax.
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