Last Week, President Obama approved and signed the Microbead-Free Waters Act of 2015, which completely bans the manufacturing or sale of personal-care products and cosmetics which include plastic microbeads. The aim of the new law is to protect the nation's waterways from plastic pollution.
Microbeads are defined as "any solid plastic particle that is less than 5 millimeters in size," according to the bill. These plastic particles — which easily enter water streams and are nearly impossible to dissolve — had been polluting many beloved bodies of water including the Great Lakes.
The law banning the manufacturing of such products will go into effect on July 1, 2017. Sales of products containing the microbeads will be prohibited as of July 1, 2019.