The Mariposa Blog
Tuesday September 2nd, 2014
Time to Get the Beads Out!
Microbeads, that is.
According to this article from the Personal Care Products Council, it appears the banning of these little beads is inevitable.
We’ve had clients resisting the change to reformulate to more natural exfoliants, due to the fact that polybeads are great exfoliators at a good price point.
However, as more national brands have made the switch, there are more options that do not compromise performance, with little pricing impact.
Time to make the change and change is good!
Modernized Government Policies
PCPC Applauds the Council of State Governments' Acceptance of the Illinois Microbeads Law The Personal Care Products Council (the Council) applauds the Council of State Governments (CSG) Committee on Suggested State Legislation (SSL) for accepting Illinois Senate Bill 2727 into their annual Suggested State Legislation volume. Senate Bill 2727 requires a phase out, and ultimately, a ban on the manufacture and sale of plastic microbeads used in personal care products by December 2017.
Suggested State Legislation is a compilation of state statutes on topics of current interest and importance to states. SSL Committee members represent all regions of the country and follow a structured criteria in evaluating proposals, with generally only 20 to 30 percent of proposals receiving approval. CSG is the only organization serving all three branches of state government offering regional, national and international opportunities to collaborate and create problem-solving partnerships and solutions.
The Illinois legislation, sponsored by Senator Heather Steans (D-Chicago) and Representative Jaime Andrade, Jr. (D-Chicago), passed the legislature on a bi-partisan basis with unanimous votes in both the House and Senate and was signed into law earlier this year by Governor Pat Quinn. Various stakeholders, including state and local government officials, the Illinois Environmental Council, the Alliance for The Great Lakes and the Chemical Industry Council of Illinois, worked together to find a meaningful and appropriate solution to the issue of plastic microbeads in the aquatic environment.
Plastic microbeads are used in cosmetic and personal care products because of their safe and effective exfoliating properties. However, many personal care products companies have voluntarily committed to discontinue formulating with plastic microbeads in cleansing products in favor of other viable alternatives despite the uncertainty associated with the science. Legislation is pending in several other states including California and the Council is trying to get them to adopt legislation similar to that passed in Illinois. For more information, contact the Government Affairs team.
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