Target: United States Congress
Goal: Urge the US Congress to draft a bill banning environmentally harmful plastic micro-beads
The plastic micro-beads found in many types of body wash, face wash and even toothpaste that are used for exfoliation have actually been harming the environment. These beads are ending up in oceans and bodies of water, directly threatening wildlife and potentially humans. It is imperative that we ban these micro-beads from hygiene products before they present negative consequences.
The issue with the plastic micro-beads is that they are being disposed into bodies of water and they are not biodegradable. Because of the nature of their physical properties, they soak up toxins and pollutants in the water, making them highly toxic. They are then eaten by fish and other water animals, which harms them. These toxins are making their way up the food chain, and because of this they even pose threats to humans.
New York has recently proposed a bill to ban all micro-beads larger than 5 millimeters in diameter in products. We are urging for the same to happen on a national level. All states should ban these micro-beads, especially those in close proximity to the water. This is a very simple step that would greatly eliminate a substantial amount of toxins from our food chain.
Please sign the petition below to urge the United States Congress to create a bill that would disable dangerous micro-beads from entering our environment.
Dear United States Congress,
The State of New York has recently created a bill that would ban the plastic micro-beads in many face washes, body washes, and other hygiene products. We would like you to do the same on a national level.
The micro-beads, which are used in products for exfoliation, make their way into oceans and other bodies of water, harming the environment. They absorb toxins and are then eaten by fish and other water animals. As other species eat these fish, the toxins make their way up the food chain affecting nearly every species.
This is a public health risk that is very simple to solve. Banning these substances which have little function or value in the first place will help improve the safety of our environment and food. Please make this a reality and create a bill to ban plastic micro-beads.
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